NEW YORK, Oct. 1 - For the last decade, genomics-technology cheerleaders have promised that dirt-cheap, idiot-proof DNA sequencing is right around the corner. Laborious and expensive parts of traditional capillary-based sequencing will soon be obsolete, they say, and a new era will bring better methods, faster machines, and reads so cheap that it'll be possible, just for kicks, to knock out a draft of Uncle Larry in one afternoon.

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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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