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Blogger Keith Robison has been shopping about for a new programming language. Choosing between Python and C#, he is going with C#. The language itself is strong and consistent, the .NET libraries cover a lot, and, Visual Studio is a "very slick integrated development environment," he writes. There is, Robison adds, a downside from a bioinformatics point of view, he is "not going with the crowd."

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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.