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An international committee led by Elias Zerhouni, and which included Harold Varmus and Peter Agre, suggested that France overhaul its life science research by creating one funding institute, rather than having many as it does now, and giving the universities autonomy. The plan, however, is being contested by researchers' unions, says this news story.

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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.