Deepak Singh is pushing open science again, this time under the guise of "bursty work," the idea that valuable projects can be done in distributed teams in short, intense efforts. The Web makes it possible to share data and more easily find collaborators, but Deepak wonders whether the academic scientific community is willing to give up the reins of possessing data and authorship.

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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.