This Week in Science

In this week's Science, a group of Japanese scientists identify a gene that enables certain rice varieties to grow taller rapidly in response to rising floodwaters. Performing a genome-wide association study using a range of rice varieties, the researchers found that when deepwater rice varieties are submerged,  they amplify a signaling relay in which the gene SD1 is transcriptionally activated and increases synthesis of gibberellins — compounds that promote internode elongation.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.