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Technology Review has an interview with Lee Hood, who apparently was once considered "something of a maverick," according to the article (sorry, Lee, we can't all be full-fledged mavericks like Craig Venter). Hood says, "One of the grand challenges in systems biology is to move from simple, single-celled model organisms up to higher organisms -- flies and worms, eventually to mice, and ultimately to humans."

 

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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.