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In a Technology Review blog, Kevin Bullis picks apart US President Bush's State of the Union address, where he blamed Congress for not funding the American Competitiveness Initiative. What actually happened, Bullis writes, is that the funds were included in both 2007 and 2008's budgets, but Congress didn't approve them -- under veto pressure from Bush.

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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.