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Something New To Worry About During Your Talk

"They're tweeting behind your back," says the headline of this Chronicle of Higher Education article. And it might not be good. The tweets about a keynote speech at the HighEdWeb Association conference included: "it's awesome in the 'I don't want to turn away from the accident because I might see a severed head' way" and "we need a tshirt, 'I survived the keynote disaster of 09.'" One of the Twitterers, Michael Fienen says it's a "slippery-slope mentality," adding that "Twitter makes it very slippery and very steep." And that T-shirt was indeed made.

The Scan

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.

Study Tracks Outcomes in Children Born to Zika Virus-Infected Mothers

By following pregnancy outcomes for women with RT-PCR-confirmed Zika virus infections, researchers saw in Lancet Regional Health congenital abnormalities in roughly one-third of live-born children.

Team Presents Benchmark Study of RNA Classification Tools

With more than 135 transcriptomic datasets, researchers tested two dozen coding and non-coding RNA classification tools, establishing a set of potentially misclassified transcripts, as they report in Nucleic Acids Research.

Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.