Public advocacy group Public Citizen is suing the US Food and Drug Administration over its redactions of information about people who serve on its advisory committees, Pharmalot's Ed Silverman reports at Stat News.

Advisory committee members review marketing applications from companies and, as Silverman notes, while FDA doesn't have to follow their recommendations, it often does. This means committee members wield a lot of influence.

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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.