Affymetrix on Monday launched a new product that is not a GeneChip. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based leader of the preprinted microarray industry instead is offering up some of its patents for licensing, or sale.

Offering “reasonable terms,” the company said in a statement that it would license or, in "selected areas," sell some of its most recently issued patents, as well as some early patents.

The company said it is beginning this licensing initiative by “offering a wide range of claims directed specifically to beads.”

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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.