Affymetrix of Santa Clara, Calif., has received US Patent No. 6,789,040, “System, method, and computer software product for specifying a scanning area of a substrate.” Systems, methods, and computer program products are described for specifying a scanning area of a substrate. In accordance with one method, steps include receiving location data corresponding to a plurality of probe-feature locations on the substrate, storing the location data, accessing the location data, and scanning the substrate based on the accessed location data.

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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.

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