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Whitehead Institute founding member Robert Weinberg discusses the behavior of cancer cells over at MIT's Technology Review. In this question and answer piece, Weinberg suggests that metastases arise from cancer cells' ability to tap into embryonic behaviors to move about, invade tissues, and ignore calls for apoptosis. But, he adds that "cancer cells are not as clever as we think they are" since they don't turn on old behaviors systematically.

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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.