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At Thus Spake Zuska, Suzanne Franks says that female engineers, scientists, or technology-lovers do not have to be portrayed as oddities. A recent article about a VP at Google, Franks writes, attributes Marissa Mayer's success to her male colleagues and focused on Mayer's "looks and 'womanly hobbies." "We need articles that present female role models for others to see," adds Franks.

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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.