The Academic Rat Race

Similar to a recent discussion, a paper in PLoS One has been called out by a commenter at the journal's blog who has started a heated discussion about a supposed intentionally missed citation of prior work:  in other words, the authors stole the idea from the commenter. Lead author Andrew Clark makes a point of letting readers know that his group presented work well before. DrugMonkey says that this kind of thing happens all the time in science.

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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.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a man who lived in China some 40,000 years ago, according to UPI.

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