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A Beetle Made Famous

Technology Review reports on the genome sequence of Tribolium castaneum, the red flour beetle whose 16,000 genes were sequenced and analyzed at the Baylor genome center. The article says the information gleaned from the genome could help people develop more effective insecticides and might also be relevant for materials science.

 

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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.