Hwang Woo-suk, the South Korean scientist who claimed to have successfully cloned human embryos in 2004, was dealt a blow this week by an appeals court that upheld multiple fraud convictions against him, reports the Associated Press. In October, Hwang was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of embezzling $800,000 in research funds and illegally buying human eggs, the AP says.

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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.