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Charles Darwin continues to be everywhere as the build-up to the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species and his 200th birthday -- Philadelphia is organizing a "Year of Evolution." The UK's Observer recounts the now-famous story of how Darwin was spurred to action by Alfred Russel Wallace coming up with the same idea.

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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.