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More Money, More Science

Researchers in the UK will start to see a bit more cash flowing their way, reports ScienceInsider's Daniel Clery. George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, recently announce that his autumn budget would include £200 million for research infrastructure. Though this only goes a short way to restoring science budgets that were severely cut during the UK's round of austerity measures, it does give researchers a little bit of good news, Clery says. Royal Society President Paul Nurse tells Clery that he hopes the announcement is the start of reversing the cuts, and not just a "one off," he says, adding: "We have world class scientists and they need world class places to do their work — you would not keep a Da Vinci in a garden shed."

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.