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Blogger Keith Robison has been shopping about for a new programming language. Choosing between Python and C#, he is going with C#. The language itself is strong and consistent, the .NET libraries cover a lot, and, Visual Studio is a "very slick integrated development environment," he writes. There is, Robison adds, a downside from a bioinformatics point of view, he is "not going with the crowd."

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

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.