Two years after Pfizer closed its 175-acre research complex in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan has bought it for $108 million. "The price was right," says Stephen Forrest, vice president for research, in an article at The Chronicle of Higher Education. The university hopes to expand its research programs, possibly creating at least 2,000 new jobs over the next decade.

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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.