NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roche's 454 Life Sciences is expanding into a new manufacturing space near its headquarters in Branford, Conn., the company confirmed this week.

The sequencing technologies subsidiary of Roche will spend $5 million on the 55,400-square-feet building, according to a report this week in The Hartford Courant. According to the paper, Roche will outfit the building for R&D efforts.

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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.