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The Europe Union's new commissioner for research and innovation will be Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, according to ScienceInsider. Geoghegan-Quinn has no science or science policy background, but Frank Gannon, who is the director-general of Science Foundation Ireland and a former European Molecular Biology Organization chief, says that doesn't mean she won't do well. "I think she will bring a lot of qualities to the job," he says.

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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.