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Surely this is not how Jay Blankenbeckler expected to spend his 15 minutes of celebrity. An article from Time about the wildfires in California focuses on how Blankenbeckler, identified as a biotech manager at Invitrogen, and his family managed to escape the rapidly advancing fires. If you've been having trouble relating to what Californians are going through this week, the article gives a clear description of the spreading danger, confusion, and panic.

 

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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.