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The so-called "Arab Spring," which has already ousted two leaders and fomented revolution in several other countries, might soon put the Middle East in a position to become "a scientific powerhouse," says US Science Envoy to the Middle East Ahmed Zewail in New Scientist.

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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.