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The National Human Genome Research Institute awarded $57 million in grants to 10 projects under its modENCODE Project, which aims to study the functional elements in the genomes of the model organisms Drosophila melanogaster and Caenorhabditis elegans. Recipients include Steven Henikoff, Gary Karpen, Eric Lai, Jason Lieb, David MacAlpine, Fabio Piano, Michael Snyder, Robert Waterston, and Kevin White.

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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.