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A New York Times article introduces Spore, a new video game that lets players model the step-by-step evolution of creatures they build. Created by Sims designer Will Wright and produced by game giant EA, Spore "promises much more than the day-to-day adventures of simulated people," writes Carl Zimmer.

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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.