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In Molecular Cell, Uri Alon says that students and postdocs should take their time to choose a project to pursue. "It takes time to find a good problem, and every week spent in choosing one can save months or years later on," Alon writes, adding that in his lab they are not allowed to choose a project during their first three months. Instead, that time should be spent reading, discussing, and planning.

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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.