US President George Bush made all his science policy decisions, including those concerning climate change and stem cells, back in 2001 and has stuck with them ever since, writes Chris Mooney in today's Guardian. "The broadest way of stating the problem is that throughout his presidency, Mr. Bush has let politics rule everything and left virtually nothing to dispassionate analysis.

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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.