NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Hope College has won a $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant to develop bioinformatics software for use in microbial genomics research programs, the college said on Wednesday.

The Michigan school said it will develop a software package designed to use genomic information to model microbial metabolism. The software ultimately will become part of the Rapid Annotation Using Subsystems Technology (RAST) genome analysis services that is made available to researchers worldwide through the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

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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.