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The "Hottest" Researchers

A Reuters survey of top researchers has named MIT's Rudolf Jaenisch the "hottest" in the world, saying his MIT stem cell lab has consistently broken barriers in the field. The annual list also named noted genomics experts at the Broad Institute: Eric Lander, Mark Daly, and David Altshuler. Jaenisch works with embryonic stem cells and iPS cells, and had 14 of the most cited papers, according to the survey. His research uses iPS cells to study Parkinson's disease and sickle-cell anemia. Other researchers that made the top 12 include biostatistician Goncalo Abecasis of the University of Michigan, who has worked with the team from Broad; Carlo Croce from Ohio State University; and Shizuo Akira of Osaka University for his work on toll-like receptors.

The Scan

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.