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There's an App for Nature

Euan Adie, a Nature Publishing Group product development manager, has a post over at the Nascent blog where he's beaming with pride about the new Nature.com application for the iPhone, iPod, and the recently unveiled iPad. Users will be able to search, browse, read, and bookmark full text content from Nature and Nature News, as well as PubMed. The Nature.com app will be freely available at the iPhone App Store and on Nature.com starting today. Nature has also announced today that it will support the EPUB (electronic publication) open standard for e-book readers — these files will be available for download just like HTML and PDF versions. Adie also says to keep an eye out for more Nature.com mobile applications later in the year that will work with Android, the Linux-based mobile operating system.

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.