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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Kathy Hudson, director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University, will leave the center to join National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins as his chief of staff. Current GPPC Deputy Director Joan Scott will take over the directorship role from Hudson, who had previously worked with Collins at the National Human Genome Research Institute.

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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.