Since mapping the genomes of different strains of the rhinovirus, University of Maryland and University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have been working on developing a diagnostic test. And, CNN reports, the test for the common cold was expected to cost $2,000 though now may be closer to $20, and would be a boon for people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for whom colds can be dangerous.

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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.