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Science Commons has an interview with Rufus Pollock, digital rights activist, economist at the University of Cambridge, and a founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation. He talks about how open access can help science flourish, and the next steps to make it happen. "I’d say that in terms of applying lessons from open source, the biggest thing to look at is data," Pollock says.

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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.