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A new sociological study finds that banning human embryonic stem cell research could have a negative effect on the field of human induced pluripotent stem cells, reports Nature's News blog. Stanford University's Christopher Scott and his colleagues analyzed data from 2,086 hESC and hiPSC publications and conducted in-person surveys of 118 researchers, at the 2010 International Society for Stem Cell Research meeting, to determine how hiPSC were used after they were discovered and to then ascertain how that approach has affected hESC research. "It is clear that iPSCs are not eclipsing hESCs but have instead emerged as a complimentary technology," Scott and his team report in Cell. Indeed, the team found that 62 percent of pluripotent cell papers used both iPSCs and hESCs. "We now have new data pointing to 'collateral damage' that could be caused by ill conceived and politically motivated policy prescriptions," the authors say, adding, "A major finding from our study is that iPSCs and hESCs are deeply intertwined and interdependent technologies."

The Scan

Study Points to Tuberculosis Protection by Gaucher Disease Mutation

A mutation linked to Gaucher disease in the Ashkenazi Jewish population appears to boost Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance in a zebrafish model of the lysosomal storage condition, a new PNAS study finds.

SpliceVault Portal Provides Look at RNA Splicing Changes Linked to Genetic Variants

The portal, described in Nature Genetics, houses variant-related messenger RNA splicing insights drawn from RNA sequencing data in nearly 335,700 samples — a set known as the 300K-RNA resource.

Automated Sequencing Pipeline Appears to Allow Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Lineage Detection in Nevada Study

Researchers in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describe and assess a Clear Labs Dx automated workflow, sequencing, and bioinformatic analysis method for quickly identifying SARS-CoV-2 lineages.

UK Team Presents Genetic, Epigenetic Sequencing Method

Using enzymatic DNA preparation steps, researchers in Nature Biotechnology develop a strategy for sequencing DNA, along with 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, on existing sequencers.