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Altmetrics — which seek to capture the impact of a paper or project beyond where it was published or how many times it was cited — are becoming increasingly popular, Jennifer Howard at the Chronicle of Higher Education says. For example, she says, professors like Steven Roberts at the University of Washington are including more data, such as on the number of view of the lab's blog or how many times his slides were downloaded from SlideShare, as part of his tenure package.

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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.