FDA'S DTC Task

In the weeks since the Food and Drug Administration told 23andMe that it must cease marketing its personal genome service there has been quite a bit of chatter about how the agency is being overly cautious, or too paternalistic, grinding up the gears of a fledgling industry while telling the American public that it knows better than them about what health information they can handle.

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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.