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Sandra Porter at Discovering Biology in a Digital World blogs about the shortage of lab technicians in life sciences and the surplus of PhD-level scientists in the field. She discusses why "having a PhD could make job searching harder" and why it's becoming more difficult to hire technicians.

 

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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.