NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new study is highlighting contributions that hybridization has made to adaptive traits in South American butterflies.

Members of the Heliconius Genome Consortium sequenced the draft genome of the Postman butterfly, Heliconius melpomene, comparing sequences in the genome with those from related butterfly species such as H. timareta and H. elevatus and other insects.

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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.