At Eye on DNA, Hsien-Hsien Lei wonders whether the potential market for genetic services will suffer in the current economic downturn. While Americans have less and less disposable income, will they actually choose to spend money on these tests? Though direct-to-consumer genetic testing is more widely available in the U.S.

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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.