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Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine used a combination of several mouse models to confirm a link between Down's syndrome and decreased solid tumor development. In further studies, they showed that the Ets2 gene acts as a repressor when it is over-expressed, so up-regulation of Ets2 may be protective in anyone, not just those with Down's. A news articles goes in depth.

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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.