It was because the work couldn't be replicated that David Vaux says he asked to retract a paper he wrote — though the work that could not be reproduced was not originally done by his lab. At Retraction Watch, Vaux recounts that, in the mid-1990s, he reviewed a manuscript from Bellgrau et al.

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In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

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.