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Over at Framing Science, Matthew Nisbet has a post in which he endorses Francis Collins as the scientific advisor to the next US president. "Not only does Collins have top government experience but he is also a successful popularizer," he writes. "And perhaps even more importantly, based on his background and writings, he would make a perfect science ambassador to religious America."

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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.