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Scientific American has named its SciAm 50, the awards given out for leading research and innovation. The X Prize Foundation won for policy leader, and of course stem cell guru Shinya Yamanaka was a shoo-in. And proteomics expert Dick Smith from Pacific Northwest National Labs was honored in the neurological insights category.

 

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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.