In The Guardian, there's a story about women leaving science faster, and in larger numbers, than men. A study for the Royal Society of Chemistry found that although 72 percent of the women surveyed planned to pursue a university career in the first year of their PhDs, by the third year this number went down to 37. For men, it went from 61 percent to 59 percent by their third year.

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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.