In Brief This Week

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix said this week that the J. Craig Venter Institute has launched Affy's FDA-ECSG custom microarray for identifying and discriminating between different strains of E. coli and Shigella. The new array is being made freely available to researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-supported Pathogen Functional Genomics Resource Center.

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