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Yale University's Arthur Horwich and Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry's Franz-Ulrich Hartl have won this year's Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. In The New York Times this week, Carl Zimmer profiles Horwich, whose work Zimmer describes as spanning the worlds of both basic science and medicine.

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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.