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Genentech finally came through with its long-expected rejection of Roche's acquisition bid, saying that the asking price "substantially undervalues the company," according to this story in the New York Times. Analysts predict that the companies will continue to negotiate, and that Roche will raise the offer from its original $43.7 billion.

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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.