A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine led by Harvard's Mark Daly found an association between changes to chromosome 16 and autism. Using a genome-wide association study of Autism Genetic Resource Exchange families, they searched for copy-number variations and found that a de novo deletion or duplication of 593 kb on chromosome 16p11.2 conveys susceptibility to autism.

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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.