At MIT's Tech Review, Emily Singer discusses new genetic tests launched by Decode this week. One looks for variations linked to various cardiovascular diseases and the other for variations associated with cancer risk and they are priced at $195 and $225. However, the clinical utility of tests that include multiple genetic risk factors hasn't yet been worked out. "We don't yet know how to combine such data in an accurate way," UNC-Chapel Hill's James Evans 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.