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Stephen Hawking is just one scientist backing the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Aims) project, founded four years ago in South Africa by Neil Turok, reports this Times Online article. Turok, who won a £50,000 TED prize earlier this year, started the project to help Africa develop its science base. It's also hoped to go a long way toward undoing negative stereotypes, perpetuated by comments like those rolling off James Watson's tongue.

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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.