Blogger Dr. O at Academic Aspirations says that grant-writing takes time. Lots of it. "I know of no senior professor that writes a big grant in less than a month, and junior profs, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates need increasingly more time and help to construct a fundable proposal," she writes. In detailing her own experience, the blogger says that a grant she began last July saw a significant metamorphosis by October, when she submitted it. Grant-writing, Dr.

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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.