Most people wouldn't think that making E. coli smarter is the best thing to do, but a group of students at the University of Tokyo have taught the microbes to solve logical puzzles, like Sudoku, reports New Scientist's Frank Swain. Beginning with 16 types of E.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.