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Research Bloggers Honor Their Own

ResearchBlogging.org has announced the winners of their 2010 Research Blogging Awards selected from a pool of 400 nominees. Registered bloggers on the site chose the 21 winners from 150 finalists, "so the best bloggers about peer-reviewed research were selected by their own peers." Top honors went to Ed Yong, science journalist and blogger at Not Exactly Rocket Science, for "Research Blog of the Year." Yong was also awarded "Blog Post of the Year," for a piece he wrote on a researcher's work with Muscovy drakes. Bora Zivkovic was named "Research Twitterer of the Year," by voters - no surprise there; he also received top honors in the Biology blog category. A graduate student blogger at Culturing Science was named best new blog of the year (Daily Scan featured her blog post defending Darwin's theory in light of a recent article in The Guardian here).

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.