MIT's Pierre Azoulay studies scientists' productivity and in a Q&A with The Scientist says scientific productivity is measured "badly." It is done through "proxies — things like counts of publications, of patents, of citations to those publications or to those patents," he says. Azoulay also discusses the effect of funding style on productivity, comparing NIH-funded researchers to HHMI researchers.

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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.