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Nature this week brings home next-generation sequencing for cheaper, faster, and more accurate whole genome sequencing. A consortium led by Illumina sequenced the first African genome, that of a male Yoruban from Nigeria. They characterized 4 million SNPs and 400,000 structural variants.

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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.