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Purdue University chemist David Nichols says he never intended for the compounds he invented to become harmful street drugs, reports the Associated Press's Seth Borenstein. Chemicals Nichols made as possible treatments to Parkinson's disease or depression, and which were roughly similar to ecstasy and LSD, have been exploited by black market labs as recreational drugs instead, Borenstein 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.