Right for the Test

Actress Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in 2013 explaining her decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carried a BRCA1 gene mutation.

This revelation, Canadian researchers reported at American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium, not only spurred more women to seek genetic counseling, but mostly drove women at high risk of the disease to pursue testing.

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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.