Pretty, But Wrong

As his pen name Harun Yahya, Adnan Oktar sent a cargo-container-load of his book "Atlas of Creation" to scientists around the country and to members of Congress, reports the New York Times. As the book turned up in mailboxes unsolicited, sometimes to the whole life sciences department, many recipients seemed perplexed – the beautifully illustrated book is "a load of crap," says Berkeley biologist Kevin Padian in this article.

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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.