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Grad School Might Be More Fun in a Tropical Paradise, Though

US universities might wake up one day to realize they've lost out on international prominence compared to up-and-comers like the National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, or Seoul National University, according to this article in the Wall Street Journal. Considering this, Yale President Richard Levin is devising a plan to maintain Yale's prominence, and that involves emphasizing scientific research and education. "The reputation of a university on a global scale certainly hinges most on the quality of its faculty, but increasingly science weighs heavy in that calculation," Levin says.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.