SAN DIEGO -- Ingo Potrykus can in no way be considered objective when it comes to the subject of genetically modified organisms, specifically golden rice, a crop he helped develop.

“The public sector is incompetent and unwilling to solve humanitarian problems,” Potrykus said in a keynote speech Wednesday on the final day of the 13 th  annual Plant and Animal Genome Conference, arguably the largest annual gathering of scientists specializing in the genomic research of non-human species.

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The New York Times reports that as China invests in science, it also is dealing with research fraud.

In PLOS this week: transcriptome study of a cold-tolerant plant, deep sequencing of clinical influenza A samples, and more.

The Atlantic writes that retrotransposons like BovB have proliferated in a number of genomes.

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