A government panel in Japan has decided not to regulate some types of gene editing, according to the Japanese broadcaster NHK.

The panel concluded that genetic recombination regulations encompass the insertion of new genes into organisms, NHK reports. But these regulations, it adds, do not include genome editing in which mutations are created at a targeted site and no new gene is inserted.

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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.