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In this week's Nature Genetics, an international research team reports the identification of genes underlying different hair colors in humans. The team conducted a genome-wide association study meta-analysis of nearly 300,000 individuals of European descent and identified 123 autosomal and one X-chromosome loci significantly associated with hair color, including ones that act on pigmentation and the creation of melanin.

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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.