The Rochester Institute of Technology has inked research agreements with six companies under a year-old program designed to give industrial partners ownership of resulting intellectual property, a school official said last week.

The program, which is viewed as a departure from traditional corporate-sponsored research agreements, is meant to reduce the amount of time it takes to negotiate sponsored research deals by addressing IP ownership right from the start, according to some early company participants of the program.

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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.