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We Just Never Thought Facebook Was Coming to Work With Us

Just when you thought biologists were getting comfortable with IT, here comes a whole new take on information technology. Fast Company offers this interview with Tom Austin, a researcher with Gartner, in which he discusses his theory that "social sciences will become more important to IT departments than IT itself." He says that web 2.0 will change how we interact and use computers, arguing that sites like MySpace and Facebook will become models of how this interaction works. "I expect to see that kind of thing percolate through the enterprise as an unstoppable force over the next two decades," Austin says.

 

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.