NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Waters said this week that Douglas Berthiaume plans to retire from his position as CEO of the company sometime in the next two years.

The company's board of directors has appointed a succession planning committee to lead the selection of a successor, and it plans to hire an executive search firm. Waters said it plans to consider candidates who are already with the company and external candidates as well.

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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.

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