A German and French team explores features found in Bacillus subtilis bacteria engineered to have minimized genomes — genomes more than one-third smaller than those of wild-type strains. Using a combination of genome sequencing, metabolite and proteome profiling, expression analyses, and physiological assessments, the researchers characterized B. subtilis strains in which large sets of deletions were introduced to reduce the genome size.

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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.