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Over at Genomicron, T. Ryan Gregory posts about junk DNA and Andras Pellionisz, who has been getting attention lately for a Google Tech presentation he gave. Gregory says that while many people have written Pellionisz off as a "crank," his post is meant to let readers make up their own minds. The post links out to the Google talk, a recent paper, and Pellionisz's website.

 

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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.