This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, researchers from the University of Sheffield report on a novel cell-based treatment for auditory neuropathy, a form of deafness characterized by damage to spiral ganglion neurons with relative preservation of sensory hair cells. Using human embryonic stem cells, the team generated ear-cell progenitors capable of differentiating into hair cells and auditory neurons.

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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.