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In an effort to shed light on its array of family-friendly programs and policies, the National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research launched a Web page that compiles "some of the ways in which NIH helps our grantee institutions foster family-friendly environments for the NIH-supported workforce," OER says. OER outlines the ways in which NIH funds researchers taking time off for family reasons, provides grant applicants an opportunity to explain delays in productivity, allows early-stage investigators, or ESIs, "who have experienced a lapse in their research or research training during the 10-year ESI period" to request extensions of their ESI eligibility, supports investigators re-entering research after some time away with supplemental assistance, and "requiring child care at NIH-supported conferences."

HT: NIH OER Extramural Nexus

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.