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We're Not Sure About Speaking Softly, But That's One Big Stick

Microsoft's wheeling and dealing again, aided by its claims that Linux software violates hundreds of its patents. In the most recent deal, Microsoft agreed not to sue LG Electronics, which uses the open-source platform in its consumer electronics products -- in return for which the software giant will gain access to IP produced by LG, according to this article from Information Week. Not a great time for the open-source community, it would seem.

 

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.