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This article from Forbes reports on a new venture capital fund started by three former executives of Millennium Pharmaceuticals: Mark Levin, Kevin Starr, and Bob Tepper. They just raised $378 million for what they're calling Third Rock Ventures. According to the article, the fund will be closely managing startup companies, and will "only look at a few biotechs, each getting a few tens of millions of dollars."

 

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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.