There are more infectious diseases than there are symptoms –– just ask any studious hypochondriac with an Internet connection. But diagnosticians, even with their years of training, can be stumped when making a differential diagnosis on the fly. Sending off for lab results winnows the pile of possible diagnoses, but such a process is time consuming, labor intensive, and expensive.

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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.