NEW YORK, Jan 19 - Ten days ago, Jack Ball, Amersham Pharmacia Biotech's North America president, left his job to take charge of Orchid Biosciences’ life sciences division. GenomeWeb spoke to Ball, 53, Friday about his decision to lead the division as well as Orchid’s position in the competitive SNP analysis market.

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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.

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

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