In Genome Technology a year ago, our cover story analyzed the growing trend of outsourced sequencing work. Researchers in the know contended that sequencing was getting to the point that oligo synthesis had reached some 10 years earlier: a process so routine — and cheap per reaction, but requiring expensive equipment — that it simply made sense to send samples to a vendor rather than handle them in-house.

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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.