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In the British Medical Journal this week, Nigel Hawkes says the number of deaths after surgery for bowel cancer in England is much higher than was previously thought. According to a new study, five English medical centers, or trusts, had rates of death within 30 days of surgery that were "significantly worse" than the average for England from 2003 to 2006. Three trusts had better than average death rates during that time.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.