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Technology Review has an interview with Lee Hood, who apparently was once considered "something of a maverick," according to the article (sorry, Lee, we can't all be full-fledged mavericks like Craig Venter). Hood says, "One of the grand challenges in systems biology is to move from simple, single-celled model organisms up to higher organisms -- flies and worms, eventually to mice, and ultimately to humans."

 

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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.