In what may be a new life-sciences venture-capital model, Texas-based venture firm Emergent Technologies last week unveiled its own laboratory space in Austin for its portfolio biotech companies, and also revealed the first tenants of the new space.
 
In addition Emergent, which has been trawling the University of Texas system for its technologies, this week made available a $50,000 award to support proof-of-concept development of a selected technology developed by researchers in the UT system.
 

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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.