WASHINGTON, April 4 – The federal government needs more input from scientists in order to balance the national research portfolio and set long-term objectives, said a recent draft report released by the National Science Board, a panel chartered to advise the president, Congress, and the National Science Foundation on science objectives.

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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.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a man who lived in China some 40,000 years ago, according to UPI.