Here's a cheery article from the UK's Guardian about an impending battle over genetically modified crops. Ag company BASF is preparing to plant a field of GM potatoes, and the article says "a group of anti-GM campaigners" has already pledged to prevent that from happening. The company tried something similar last year and opponents ripped up the crop "in an overnight raid."

 

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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.