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The Wall Street Journal tells the story of University of Illinois biologist Stephen Long who used to scrape for research grants and conference invites but now is well-financed and receives more invitations than he can accept. His secret? He studies Miscanthus X giganteus which, the article says, might be a source of alternative fuel.

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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.