Quest Diagnostics this week launched a pair of protein biomarker tests for the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

The tests are based on the 14-3-3eta protein biomarker, which Quest licensed from Canadian biotech firm Augurex. One test consists solely of the 14-3-3eta protein while the other is a panel including both 14-3-3eta and the established RA protein markers anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies and rheumatoid factor.

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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.