This Week in PLOS

The bacteria that cause a tropical disease called yaws can recombine with the related bug behind sexually transmitted or congenital syphilis infections via horizontal gene transfer, according to a study in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Researchers from the Czech Republic and the US sequenced the roughly 1.1 million base genome of a syphilis-causing Trepona pallidum sub-species pallidum strain from Mexico.

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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.