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SciLink's Tree of Science, which creates a sort of genealogy of scientists who have worked together, might be the way to find biology's equivalent of an Erdos number, blogs The Daily Transcript's Alex Palazzo. "In any case to figure out the biology equivalent we would need some sort of repository, or even better some navigational network that lets you explore any possible connection. And now we have the perfect application," writes Palazzo.

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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.