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David Baltimore, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, addressed his crowd at the AAAS annual meeting and said that "scientists are no further forward in developing a vaccine against HIV after more than 20 years of research," according to this BBC news article. He added that the "one shot" at success for this vaccine would come in the form of changing genes in stem cells, the article reports.

 

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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.