NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (GenomeWeb News) - Invitrogen has created an advisory board for its Biological Defense Systems, which was created "to respond quickly to the evolving requirements of biodefense research by drawing upon technologies from across Invitrogen's broad portfolio," according to James Gilmore, director of the new division.

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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.