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In a YouTube animation, user JavaMama926 depicts hypothetical conversation between an investigator and a biostatistician and says that "this is what happens when two people are speaking different research languages." Watch their expertise and opinions collide — and frustrations emerge — as the researcher approaches the statistician to see whether his proposed patient sample size is adequate for a drug effectiveness trial as his grant deadline looms:

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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.