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ScienceOnline 2010: The Votes Are In

Now that the ScienceOnline 2010 meeting -- a conference about scientific blogging -- has ended, bloggers are having a field day sharing their views on how it went. That's a good thing for those of us who couldn't get in to the sold-out event. There are far too many blog posts for us to include here, but for a full listing, check out this compilation page from conference organizer Bora Zivkovic. Jonathan Eisen wrote a post on the top 11 things he learned at the event, citing this as an example: "openness in science continues to spread, in publishing, education, outreach, data, etc." Meanwhile, bbgm's Deepak Singh authored a post asking, "Where are the geeks?" He thought there were too many sessions on science journalism and issued a "call to action" to readers: "Next year, we should get better representation from the geeks, people thinking about API’s, data resources, doing science online."

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.