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Hey, Bill and Melinda: Thanks for the money, but it'd be great if you just stopped trying to fund a cure for malaria. Or so goes the gist of a memo from the World Health Organization's chief of malaria, circulated this week among health agencies, according to this article in the New York Times. The WHO honcho, Arata Kochi, likened the "growing dominance of malaria research" funded by the Gates Foundation to a research "cartel," the article says.

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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.