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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Marc Lalande has been appointed to the new position of executive director of Genomics and Personalized Medicine Programs at the University of Connecticut where he will help lead the development of research and training programs for the Institute of Systems Genomics, as well as direct collaborations with The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, and industry and government partnerships for the planned CT Institute for Medical Innovation and Applied Health Care Economics.

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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.