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I Give You Sophophora Melanogaster

Recent studies have shown that Drosophila melanogaster is, well, not part of the Drosophila genus, blogs Larry Moran. Since taxonomists are cladists, Moran says this will lead to a renaming of the model organism to Sophophora melanogaster.

On a related note, PZ Myers posted a cartoon that'll appeal to anyone who's spent hours staring at flies.


The Scan

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.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

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.