At her On Being a Scientist and a Woman blog, ScienceWoman divulges some of the tricks of the trade to negotiating a good lab startup package out of your newfound university's administration. Get everything in writing, she warns, and ask for more than you need. She writes, "Make sure that you have enough time to intelligently spend your start-up. After that pot of money disappears, it's up to your grant writing abilities forever after.

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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.