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A lengthy feature at The Scientist dissects the controversy around a 2005 paper that seemed to throw a wrench in the rules of Mendelian inheritance. The paper, out of Susan Lolle and Robert Pruitt's Purdue labs, showed that somehow a "mutant Arabidopsis plant could 'fix itself' back to the wild type and take on the genetics of its grandparents," writes the article.

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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.