Genomics and Cancer

The American Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting kicked off in Chicago this week. At the meeting's opening plenary session, Washington University in St. Louis' Elaine Mardis discussed the emerging landscape of the tumor genome, and said that since Janet Rowley started working on cancer's genomic origins in the 1970s, it has become increasingly clear that genomics has a lot to contribute to our understanding of cancer.

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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.