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If you remember anyone who used to say that biotech would never amount to anything, now's the time to make the told-you-so phone call. Biogen Idec says it is considering a possible sale of the company, and one of the interested parties is Carl Icahn, who offered at least $23 billion, according to this article in the Wall Street Journal. Biogen Idec has a market cap of about $23.5 billion.

 

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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.