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Plexxikon is seeking marketing approval for PLX4032 for the treatment of metastatic melanoma in patients harboring the BRAF V600 mutation. Simultaneously, Roche Molecular Diagnostics has submitted a premarket approval application to the FDA for its Cobas 4800 BRAF V600 Mutation Test.

A Finnish government task force plans to release its final report on Aug. 31 after conducting further investigations into the epidemiologic, immunologic, and genetic causes for the onset of narcolepsy following vaccination with Pandemrix.

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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.