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A post at Ars Technica predicts that the move toward open source textbooks has only just begun. Even though the incentive isn't quite there, some faculty are trying out using blogs, wikis, Second Life, and YouTube to engage and interact with their students -- instead of requiring them to buy hundreds of dollars worth of texts.

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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.