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In Europe, governments are attempting to prop up their countries' declining economies by instituting austerity measures and sharply cutting budgets. While some economists have bemoaned such cuts, the European Research Council's president, Helga Nowotny, is also criticizing the measures, reports Leigh Phillips at the Nature News blog.

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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.