Last week, Hayward, Calif.-based Zyomyx announced the closing of a $10 million funding round as it prepares for a planned launch of a second line of biochips in April.

The funding comes at a time when it appears the venture-capital market is ending a period of investment retreat; Wall Street appears to be more open to initial public offerings; and investors are driving up the shares of many biotech-related stocks.

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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.