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A news feature on the university patent system looks at the establishment of tech transfer offices across the US and how it reflects the growing amount of university research that ends up being patented. In a report, researchers at the University of Georgia say that one-third of the patented discoveries made at universities were redirected to private firms, "and those taken away were the ones most highly cited in future patents, suggesting that they were the most valuable."

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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.