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High-Tech Venture Capital Fund Launched

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PARIS--A new venture capital investment fund, Auriga, was launched last week with plans to invest half of its $400 million in startup capital in life sciences companies, including businesses in genomics and biotechnology. The other half of the fund will be dedicated to information technology, the fund's managers announced. The fund aims to become a benchmark in Europe for financing new high-tech companies, they said.

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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.