A Word About OWW

OpenWetWare's Lorrie LeJeune talks to Donna Wentworth at ScienceCommons about open research, the ins and outs of attribution, and why things like OpenWetWare exist. One reason, LeJeune says, is because it can. Another is that young researchers are more comfortable with the Internet and sharing ideas. "Of course, even wiki- and Facebook-savvy scientists don't share everything.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post 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.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.