Open Source R&D

What's the "hot new trend" in R&D? According to Bloomberg opinion columnist Alice Schroeder, it's "open source innovation," which will harness the power of crowd sourcing to come up with intelligent and inexpensive solutions to different research questions. "For corporate executives, open source innovation holds out the promise of maintaining a technological edge while lowering R&D costs," Schroeder says.

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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.