The newly elected governor-to-be of Louisiana is one example of a conservative politician who is anti-science, writes Steven Salzberg. Bobby Jindal, also the first Indian-American elected governor, favors teaching intelligent design in Louisiana schools. Salzberg is calling for conservatives out there to speak up for science. "Does 'conservative' mean 'anti-education' or even 'anti-knowledge?'" he asks.

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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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