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In Nature last week, Massachusetts General Hospital's Daniel MacArthur wrote an opinion article saying false positives are a given in genomic research. Researchers and journals are eager to publish interesting results, he said, however, "two processes conspire to delude ambitious genomicists" — one being the size of the genome, which causes unusual events to occur frequently and the second being the nuances of high-throughput technology, which can lead to errors that can be misinterpreted.

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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.