By Doug Macron

Rosetta Green this week announced that it has inked a strategic research deal with DuPont, its biggest partner to date, to identify microRNAs associated with drought tolerance in corn and soybeans.

Separately, Rosetta Green's one-time parent firm Rosetta Genomics disclosed that it has divested its majority stake in the ag-bio firm to undisclosed buyers. Rosetta Genomics had been facing bankruptcy recently as it struggled to pay off a debt to a former marketing partner.

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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.