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New School, New Methods

Now under construction, the Singapore University of Technology and Design is the country's $700 million try at cultivating the next generation of engineers and technology innovators, says the Chronicle of Higher Education's Jeffrey Young. The institution, which will start classes at a temporary campus in 2012, is being established in collaboration with MIT, though MIT researchers are planning to try out new teaching methods and curricula instead of using the same methods and classes taught in Massachusetts, Young says. MIT also plans to export the new methods and classes to Cambridge if they are successful in Singapore. The new institute will also have input from Zhejiang University in China, which is helping to design some of the courses, and will provide internship opportunities for the students as well as a partner for research collaborations, Young adds. The permanent campus won't be ready until 2014.

The Scan

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

TB Resistance Insights Gleaned From Genome Sequence, Antimicrobial Response Assays

Researchers in PLOS Biology explore M. tuberculosis resistance with a combination of sequencing and assays looking at the minimum inhibitory concentrations of 13 drugs.

Mendelian Disease Genes Prioritized Using Tissue-Specific Expression Clues

Mendelian gene candidates could be flagged for further functional analyses based on tissue-specific transcriptome and proteome profiles, a new Journal of Human Genetics paper says.

Single-Cell Sequencing Points to Embryo Mosaicism

Mosaicism may affect preimplantation genetic tests for aneuploidy, a single-cell sequencing-based analysis of almost three dozen embryos in PLOS Genetics finds.