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Not only has James Watson subscribed to off-color ideas, so have other past Nobel laureates, says this New York Times article. Watson's co-winner, Francis Crick, wanted to experiment on prisoners to advance neuroscience. Kary Mullis plugged the benefits of LSD and astrology while doubting global warming and that HIV causes AIDS.

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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.