The DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) is not only gaining support from the World Wide Web Consortium as it promotes its vision of the “Semantic Web” — an extension of the current Web that will use software agents to add a new level of machine-readable meaning to Web pages — but it is also gaining a foothold in bioinformatics.

The Bio-Ontologies Consortium recently voted to recommend the latest DAML release, which includes the Ontology Inference Layer (OIL), as its language of choice for the exchange of bio-ontologies.

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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.

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With the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), genomes sequencing has been democratized over the last decades with the detection of genomic alterations, thus replacing Sanger sequencing.