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Instead of Seven Lords A-Leaping, Try These

The holidays are nearly upon us, and shopping season is in full swing. There are plenty of science, and even genomics, gifts items for the buying. For the people who enjoy "FISHing," there is this ornament, though if proteomics is more their speed, try this one instead.

For the biologist who also likes to knit, aKNITomy has a pattern that will bring back memories of middle school science class. A caffeine molecule necklace like this one from Molecular Muse might work for the coffee-swilling scientist on your list.

Online marketplace Etsy is a treasure trove of handmade science-y items, like this set of felted paramecium magnets, this flair button, this DNA poster, and this tree of life T-shirt fit for a toddler.

You could also ask whether James Hadfield has any of these nifty cufflinks made from Ion chips left, in exchange for a donation to his institute.[He is also looking for some PacBio chips.]

Amoeba Mike also has recommendations, including this item for parents of young children: Nerdy Baby ABC and 123 Flash cards.

And if you are looking for something to hang by the chimney with care, CafePress has a variety of genomics-themed stockings, including this one and this one.

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.