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At Discovering Biology in a Digital World, Sandra Porter discusses what software biology students should be learning. While she uses Excel and Google Docs, she says students should choose programs based on three criteria: which programs they will be expected to know when they graduate, programs that have essential features, and programs that other instructors are using.

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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.