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A Win for Cornell

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is to announce that Cornell University has been chosen to develop a science graduate school in the city, reports The New York Times. Cornell's proposed campus includes 2.1 million square feet — at a cost of more than $2 billion — with space for classrooms, a conference center, housing, and labs. Further, Cornell recently announced a gift of $350 million to help fund the project, while the city is to put up $100 million for infrastructure improvements, the Times adds. The campus is to be located on Roosevelt Island.

Stanford University had been seen as the top contender, but "balked at meeting some of the city's conditions during negotiations in recent weeks" and left the competition," the Times reports.

Bloomberg may pick other winners.

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.