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The winners of the 2008 Nobel prize in chemistry are Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie, and Roger Tsien for their work on green fluorescent protein. Shimomura first isolated GFP from a jellyfish and showed that it glows under UV light; Chalifie demonstrated that it could tag cells; and Tsien worked on getting it to produce other colors.

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A South African university has told the Wellcome Sanger Institute to return DNA samples it has from indigenous African communities, The Times reports.

The University of California, Berkeley's Rasmus Nielsen and Xinzhu Wei have retracted their CCR5 gene paper due to a technical artifact.

 

University of Virginia researchers are exploring a genetic risk test to gauge type 1 diabetes risk, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: researchers compare two high-grade neuroendocrine lung cancers, height among ancient Europeans, and more.