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For the Lab Run to the Hardware Store

At Bitesize Bio, Jode Plank shares some "lab hacks." He says that butane torches, infrared thermometers, and strap wrenches, all from the hardware store, can come in handy at the bench. He uses the torch to "[flame] bubbles off the top of freshly poured plates" and as a "as a portable Bunsen burner." Plank uses the thermometer to monitor to the temperature of agar as it cools in a flask and the wrench, well, to open stuff without looking for the burly guy in the department.

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.