The Mutation Why

Genome sequencing helped doctors in Australia uncover a treatment for a boy with debilitating disease, Australia's ABC News reports.

Brandon Keesing had medical issues from a young age — he was hospitalized when he was six months old after a severe case of pneumonia left him unable to breathe. He was then in and out of the hospital with chest infections for the next few years, baffling doctors, ABC News adds.

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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.