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Derek Lowe has two items worth reading -- start with this article in The Atlantic, where he offers a good description of the layoff situation in pharma (with a particular focus on the recent Pfizer/Wyeth and Merck/Schering-Plough mergers). "Research scientists in the drug business are going through what may be their worst and most uncertain period ever," he writes.

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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.