"Location, location, location" is a real estate adage, but it could also be the buzzwords of nascent biological reagent provider Intrexon, which this week said it closed a $1 million round of private equity financing to help develop and market its line of location-dependent sub-cellular genetic tools.

Intrexon's technology is based on the theory that knowing the location of sub-cellular events may determine a distinct phenotype, a notion that the company believes is growing among researchers. As the company's CEO puts it, "location matters."

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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.