Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe's reaction to a new McKinsey report on pharma's return on investment elicits this succinct response: "Yikes." According to the report, ROI from small-molecule drug research has dropped from 12 percent in the late '90s to about 7.5 percent this decade.

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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.