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From the Wall Street Journal today, David Wessel reports on how "prize philanthropy" is pushing innovation in a number of fields, including science. Competitions such as the X Prize have helped stimulate advances in everything from complex algorithm development to rocket science (literally) -- and now, possibly, to genomics.

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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.