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Biopharmaceutical firm AstaZeneca has announced that it is teaming up with researchers at the non-profit Medicines for Malaria Venture in an effort to "identify novel candidate drugs for the treatment of malaria." The MMV team "will screen 500,000 compounds in AstraZeneca's unique library for activity against P. falciparum, the most lethal of malaria parasites," according to the drug company's statement.

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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.