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Nerdy Is the New Cool

Michael Eisen suggests that President Obama's science team should take a step toward "reinvigorating public support for the government's role in funding and promoting science" by giving a weekly science address on the radio and YouTube. He envisions the program as highlighting "something cool" being worked on by government scientists or government-funded scientists.

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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.