Two new intestinal microbiome initiatives involving large amounts of sequencing plan to focus on how microbes in the human gut contribute to metabolic and bowel disease.
 
In Europe, Metagenomics of the Human Intestinal Tract, or MetaHIT, a four-year consortium recently funded with €11.4 million ($17.9 million) from the European Commission, will seek to link these microbes to obesity and inflammatory bowel disease.
 

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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.