New York Times delves into the touchy topic that's been on everyone's mind in the last several months -- that is, whether the science stimulus package represented a wise use of government funds. "Experts are divided about whether projects [from stimulus funds] are compatible with the intent of Congress to create jobs as fast as possible," the story says.

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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.