Invitrogen this week announced a pair of agreements involving human embryonic stem cells aimed at bolstering the company's already strong play in the stem cell research market.

On Tuesday, Invitrogen said that it had entered into a collaboration with Swedish biotech Cellartis to jointly develop engineered hESC reporter lines. Two days later, Invitrogen struck a deal to license intellectual property from Geron related to techniques for large-scale growth of hESCs.

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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.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a man who lived in China some 40,000 years ago, according to UPI.

The Atlantic writes that retrotransposons like BovB have proliferated in a number of genomes.