Sabotaging Science

At the University of Michigan, it took a hidden-camera sting operation to uncover the truth behind Heather Ames' mysterious problems with her experiments, says Nature's Brendan Maher. It was discovered that one of her colleagues, former postdoc Vipul Bhrigu, has been systematically sabotaging her work over the course of several months by tampering with her experiments and poisoning her cell culture media in order to get ahead of her, Maher says.

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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.