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At Gene Expression, Razib doesn't think scientists are "particularly rational people as compared to the normal human." Just because the scientific community might push forward rationally tested hypotheses, scientists shouldn't assume that they can transfer this supposed rationality to other pursuits.

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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.