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Stanford Opens Its Doors to OA

Science Commons passes on the news that the Stanford University School of Education has voted to adopt an open access mandate. What's exciting, writes Donna Wentworth, is the paradigm shift she sees happening in the way people relate to and access scholarly work. "It's extremely encouraging to see faculty authors at Stanford not only embracing OA personally, but also working to implement it at the institutional level -- changing the 'default setting' for published research from closed to open."

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.