Government grants for biodefense-related research have ballooned in the last few years, creating a potential windfall for many scientists using techniques derived from genomics to discover new approaches to battling infectious disease. Now, life sciences merchant bank Burrill & Co. is considering whether to inject a new source of capital into the equation by launching its own venture capital fund to support early-stage biodefense-related companies.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.