By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Canadian government has awarded C$4.5 million ($4.6 million) to two new research efforts that will use DNA sequencing to identify genes involved in genetic diseases and cancers that strike children.

The government said today that a group called Finding of Rare Disease Genes in Canada (FORGE Canada) led by researchers at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario will use its funding to study more than 70 childhood genetic diseases.

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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.