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As of January, George Weinstock has become a professor of genetics at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as associate director of its Genome Sequencing Center. Formerly, Weinstock was a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and co-director of its Human Genome Sequencing Center.

Florida promised $80 million to the University of Miami's Institute for Human Genomics. The institute, which opened in November, started with an initial $37 million in federal funds and an undisclosed amount from the university's medical school.

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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.