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But They Say Only Good Things Come in Small Packages

Here's a good reality check for how consumers perceive your nanotech research: this article from AlterNet looks at whether the benefits of nanotechnology make up for the risks. Even though nanoparticles are continuously popping up in more and more consumer goods -- they're found in everything from sunscreens and cosmetics to air fresheners and shoe liners, the article writes -- reports have linked them to toxicity in both humans and fish. While the US spent $1.4 billion on nanotech R&D last year, only 1 to 4 percent was given to risk assessment. "We are part of an experiment," says George Kimbrell, an attorney for the International Center for Technology Assessment.

The Scan

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.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.