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Senators Propose Green Cards for STEM Grads

Inside Higher Ed reports on a bipartisan immigration reform plan proposed by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), which would grant green cards to science, technology, engineering, and math students from outside the US who receive a doctoral or master's degree here. In a Washington Post editorial, Schumer and Graham say, "Ensuring economic prosperity requires attracting the world's best and brightest. It makes no sense to educate the world's future inventors and entrepreneurs and then force them to leave when they are able to contribute to our economy."

Inside Higher Ed acknowledges the hurdles this plan will surely face, but says that "the involvement of a leading Republican in the plan gave some hope that this one might receive more consideration."

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.