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At The Tree of Life, Jonathan Eisen reveals all the gory details of his anti-doping April Fool's prank, for which he gathered a bunch of fellow scientists and bloggers to create a fake press release and website for the alleged "NIH crackdown" on using performance-enhancing drugs. Ironically, it is popular among academics, as a survey that Nature conducted earlier this year reveals.

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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.