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SciLink, the MySpace of the science community, recently experienced an electrical fire in its home base. According to director Brian Gilman, the team was working on its user accounts when the lights started to flicker and hum. The seriousness of the situation became clearer as the building’s hallways filled with smoke. Fortunately, all of the SciLink staff made it out unscathed.

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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.