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GrrlScientist posts a video at Living the Scientific Life of an interview with blogger Michael Bérubé, who says that academics who blog are contributing to the decline of Western culture. Whether or not he's joking is questionable, but his reasons for leaving his perch in the academic blogosphere are detailed in his own final blog post last January.

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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.