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A Good Security System Might Be a Better Bet

In the wake of the Eli Lilly warehouse break-in, Cellular Bioengineering announced its TruTag product, an "edible spectral microtag that can be used to authenticate and identify medicine, food, and numerous other solid or liquid products," according to the company's public relations representative. A code is embedded both in the packaging and in the tag, which is implanted directly into the pill, making it easy to track the drugs even if the packaging is tampered with.

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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.