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In a piece she writes for Newsweek, Sharon Begley says NIH's Cancer Genome Atlas "may be fatally flawed." And the price tag for TCGA means that "the atlas threatens to suck up ever-dwindling resources." The article explores the concept of the project and quotes scientists who argue that the its potential gain doesn't come close to justifying its expense.

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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.