Austere Science

In Europe, governments are attempting to prop up their countries' declining economies by instituting austerity measures and sharply cutting budgets. While some economists have bemoaned such cuts, the European Research Council's president, Helga Nowotny, is also criticizing the measures, reports Leigh Phillips at the Nature News blog.

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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.