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After seeing years of flat budgets, Steven Salzberg at the blog Genefinding bemoans the lack of increased funding for the NIH, considering expectations that the new Democratic Congress would be putting more money into scientific research. In part, he says, it's a combination of anti-science politicians on the right and a scientifically illiterate public who contribute to perpetuating this lack of support.

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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.