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In the very early days of genetic testing, opponents argued that knowing about a gene-related susceptibility to a disease that couldn't be cured was far worse than ignorance. An article from the New York Times this weekend takes up that very debate in a profile of a young woman who finds out that she has the gene for Huntington's disease.

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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.