Time for Plan B

Former Senator Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination as the secretary of Health and Human Services amidst questions over his taxes and time spent as an adviser to an investment firm and to a Washington law firm. "I realized that I can't pass health care if I am too much of a distraction," Daschle 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.