A Slippery Slope?

The Los Angeles Times' Booster Shots blog examines the National Collegiate Athletic Association's plan to "screen close to 167,000 college athletes for 'sickle cell trait,'" in light of a warning from two experts at the National Human Genome Research Institute that the program is "full of potential pitfalls." According to the LA Times, the NCAA program "aims to identify carriers of a single sickle-cell gene," as these individuals "have unusual vulnerabilitie

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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.