This article has been updated from a previous version to clarify the clinical phenotypes to be studied in WTCCC2.
 
A year after the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium published its findings from a large-scale genome-wide association study that identified genomic regions associated with seven common diseases, consortium scientists have launched resequencing studies to follow up on the results, hoping to identify causative genetic variants.
 

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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.