Sharon Milgram, director of the National Institutes of Health Office of Intramural Training & Education, fielded questions from participants at various stages in their scientific careers via live chat this week. When asked the importance of having co-authored a published paper when applying to grad programs, Milgram said that "papers are always a good thing, but many students get into very strong programs without a paper.

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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.