A post at Science Progress says it's time for the Obama administration to start planning for sustained, increased scientific research spending. A white paper released last year by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences says that the two most important areas that need more funding are early-career researchers and high-risk, high-reward research. Steps can be taken to remedy the situation even if the budget remains flat, they say.

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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.