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David Baltimore, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, addressed his crowd at the AAAS annual meeting and said that "scientists are no further forward in developing a vaccine against HIV after more than 20 years of research," according to this BBC news article. He added that the "one shot" at success for this vaccine would come in the form of changing genes in stem cells, the article reports.

 

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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.