Bottoms Up!

Australian Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall — lauded for his discovery of the stomach-dwelling bacterium Helicobacter pylori's role in gastritis and peptic-ulcer disease — plans to put the bug that made him famous to use in science's battle against the flu, Bloomberg reports. By mid-2013, Marshall said he expects the biotech firm he founded, Ondek Ltd., to report results for a clinical trial of a drinkable flu vaccine.

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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.