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Veteran science journalist Carl Zimmer takes Britain's The Guardian to task for publishing a "non-story" about J. Craig's latest research in synthetic biology, which GTO blogged about yesterday. Zimmer points out that Venter has not yet finished building the synthetic genome, and doesn't mince words about the project's progress.

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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.