Oracle currently claims to hold 85 percent of the life science research database market, but the company isn’t resting on its laurels. On the contrary, the database giant is expanding the capabilities of its software in a bid to retain its edge in the increasingly competitive market. For the bioinformatics sector, the company is offering a suite of data-mining tools that are embedded within its database and that can provide a level of functionality many Oracle customers may not even know they already have.

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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.

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