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The Washington Post reports that the National Institutes of Health has approved 13 additional human embryonic stem cell lines as eligible for federal funding this week. On the list is H9 — the most widely used hESC line, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison-affiliated WiCell Research Institute, which had previously been approved under the administration of former President Bush.

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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.