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Mackenzie Cowell is in the Boston Globe for his DIYbio effort. This group aims to bring biology, especially synthetic biology or what they term "biohacking," into the realm of amateurs. "It shows you how much science can be about duct tape and having a few screws in the right place," Cowell says. "It shatters that clinical image."

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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.