President Obama's repeal this week of his predecessor's ban on using federal funds to support research on human embryonic stem cell lines will "benefit" drug discovery in two ways, according to some hESC experts.

Firstly, from the point of view of academics and academic institutions looking for better drug-development models, sometimes these models are only available from hESCs, said Joydeep Goswami, vice president of stem cells and regenerative medicine at Life Technologies, formerly Invitrogen.

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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.