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On the Plus Side, They Don't Have to Use Those Tiny Fossil Brushes

Carl Zimmer has a feature article in the New York Times expanding on last week's Nature publication demonstrating that there are non-retroviral RNA viral elements in mammalian genomes. The article delves into the timeline of related discoveries, such as finding retroviral elements in the human genome during the Human Genome Project. Zimmer refers to scientists tracing these viral elements as "fossil virus hunters," noting that they are "taking advantage of the growing number of mammal genomes piling up in online databases and helping to flesh out the evolutionary history of viruses, reaching back tens of millions of years."

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.