Dan Koboldt at MassGenomics gives his take on the new Ion Torrent semiconductor sequencing instrument unveiled at the Advances in Genome Biology Technology conference in Marco Island, Fla., last week. Koboldt, who was able to view the new machine at the Ion Torrent suite, describes it as slightly larger than a breadbox.

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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.

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