This Week's Science

In Science this week, researchers from McGill University reported new details about the activation of Parkin, a gene that, when mutated, is responsible for an autosomal recessive form of Parkinson’s disease. Using x-ray scattering, the team determined the crystal structure of the full-length parkin protein in rat tissue. The protein is ordinarily inactive, but they found that mutations that the disrupted two inhibitory binding interactions activated it.

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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.