NIH has recently released stricter conflict-of-interest rules for federally funded researchers in an effort to make sure that their work remains objective, says Forbes' Paul Thacker. But these rules may have never come to be were it not for University of Miami researcher Charles Nemeroff, he adds. Nemeroff was chair of psychiatry at Emory University, while also promoting GlaxoSmithKline's antidepressant Paxil.

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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.