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This article in the New York Times highlights the growing interest in using genetics to breed dogs with very specific traits -- and the ethical concerns that seem to be slowing absolutely nobody down. The article quotes Mark Neff from UC Davis as saying, "We're on the verge of a real radical shift in the way we apply genetics in our society."

 

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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.