At Open …, Glyn Moody recently blogged that peer review, at least as it is done now, is not necessary. Moody writes that the system was set up in a time when opportunities to publish were scarce and "needed husbanding." Today though, Moody says that with the Internet, there are a plethora of publishing opportunities and "there are all kinds of systems that allow any scientist — or even the general public — to rate content and to vote it up towards a wider audience."

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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.