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Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe makes an analogy, comparing the movie business to big pharma. The similarities, he writes, are that both incur most of their costs in R&D and marketing spending and blockbusters are hard to predict. The differences are that the barrier to entry is a lot higher for distributing new drugs and movies can make money longer than patented drugs.

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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.