NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Horizon Technology Finance said this week that it closed a $3 million loan to preconception genetic testing firm GenePeeks.

GenePeeks has offices in New York City and Cambridge, Mass., and focuses on identifying inherited disease risk in future generations. According to Horizon, the firm uses algorithms to simulate the genetic interactions between two potential parents that occur in reproduction, digitally crating and analyzing thousands of hypothetical genomes to discover disease risk that cannot be uncovered by existing pre-pregnancy screening tools.

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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.