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A study published this week provides the most definitive evidence to date disproving previous reports that used molecular testing methods such as qPCR to establish a link between chronic fatigue syndrome, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, and various murine leukemia viruses.

NAME: John Hackett, Jr.
POSITION: Volwiler research fellow and manager, emerging pathogens and virus discovery, Abbott Diagnostics

Two recently published studies suggest that laboratory contamination was the likely cause of previous evidence linking murine viruses to CFS, highlighting the fact that researchers conducting PCR experiments should be extremely cautious about both inherently contaminated commercial reagents and contamination from laboratory manipulation.

Five researchers are to share this year's Albany Medical Center Prize for their work on the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing tool, the AP reports.

Stat News reports on how white supremacists cope with surprising genetic ancestry testing results.

In Genome Research this week: sex-biased gene expression evolution in malaria mosquitos, method to find ancient selective sweeps, and more.

Iceland has nearly eliminated Down syndrome from its population, CBS News reports.