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Even as US House Republicans propose some "tough numbers" for federally-funded research, they are also offering researchers "some grounds for optimism," says The Chronicle of Higher Education's Paul Basken. The House Appropriations Committee's recommendation for spending cuts in 2011 includes a suggested cut of $1.1 billion for the Department of Energy's Office of Science, and a $1 billion cut for NIH.

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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.