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The quest to stave off a potential flu pandemic has led scientists to Sir Mark Sykes, a Brit who died from the Spanish flu 89 years ago, reports the BBC. The aristocrat's grandkids have authorized researchers to exhume the body, which was buried in a lead coffin, to search for viral DNA.

 

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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.