Sun Microsystems threw its hat in the bioinformatics grid computing ring last week in a partnership with Sengent, the latest firm to apply its distributed computing technology to the life sciences. Sun will provide the infrastructure to support Sengent''s web-based effort to identify small-molecule drugs to treat anthrax, smallpox, and other diseases caused by biowarfare agents.

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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.