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The Boston Globe profiles Diana Bianchi, a pediatrics researcher, who is writing a guide to the history of genetics and genomics. She's traveled to the Abbey where Gregor Mendel minded his sweet pea plants, had a beer at the pub in Cambridge where James Watson and Francis Crick went, and to Honolulu where the Cohen-Boyer experiment took place. Her own ascent to work on maternal microchimerism is just as interesting.

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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.