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At his blog The Rough Guide to Evolution, Mark Pallen has a post shooting down 10 myths about Charles Darwin. "There are many suppositions masquerading as facts -- for example, how many times have you seen it written that Darwin suffered from [Chagas] disease or his daughter Annie died from tuberculosis, when there is no way anyone can make a definitive diagnosis in either case," he writes.

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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.