Its Own Strain

The Ebola virus behind the current outbreak in West Africa is a new strain, according to a genetic analysis of the RNA virus presented in the New England Journal of Medicine. The virus has caused some 120 deaths, mostly in Guinea, the Associated Press adds.

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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.