NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – GE Healthcare and BGI today announced a multi-year research collaboration to explore the underlying genetic variation between ethnically diverse human stem cell lines.

The goal of the deal, whose terms were not disclosed, is to advance the use of stem cell-derived assays in drug discovery and toxicity testing.

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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.