John Wilkins is trying to stir things up. Over at his Evolving Thoughts blog, he posts a question to the community about how religion and science fit together. Looking at it both ways, he asks the traditional question first: if you have a religion and in interest in science, how does that work? Next, he asks: "Now suppose you are a member of a scientific body, and want to suggest to members of religions that they can be part of the scientific enterprise.

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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.