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An Honor for Claire Fraser-Liggett

Claire Fraser-Liggett is to be inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame this evening along with five other women who have made contributions to the economics, politics, culture, or society of Maryland. "I am truly humbled to be part of this most prestigious tradition. Scientists often focus on the global impacts of our research, but to be successful, we need to be working in an environment that nurtures our work," she says in a statement. "I am very fortunate that our Institute is part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a place that encourages innovative thinking and fosters women's leadership." The other inductees include civil rights activist Irene Morgan Kirkaldy and Title IX champion Bernice Sandler.

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.