Informed Medical Decisions

"Inherited Health's comprehensive library and proprietary risk assessment tools will allow Informed Medical Decisions to offer our patients more options for personalizing their healthcare and sharing valuable information with their family," CEO David Nixon said in a statement.

23andMe customers can choose from two levels of counseling — one for those seeking general information, and one for a more detailed review of their family and medical history or if their genetic tests suggest potentially serious implications.

Responding to an HHS committee's request for comment on its educational and marketing practices, Myriad maintained that urging doctors to conduct genetic counseling in house instead of referring patients to a genetic counselor is legally sound, follows professional medical societies' standards, and accommodates the shortage of cancer genetics professionals.

The online consumer genetics company will offer Informed Medical Decisions' telephone counseling services.

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.