The New York Times reports that scientists are concerned about a significant loss of genetic diversity in commercial chicken populations. A study led by a Purdue University researcher shows that "fifty percent or more of the diversity of ancestral breeds has been lost," which "could make chicken production more susceptible to disease outbreaks for which resistant genes have disappeared."

 

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

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