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The fate of whether the results of government-funded research should be freely available to the public is part of what's on the table as members of the US Congress meet to finalize the health and human services appropriations bill, reports the Washington Post. Proponents of the bill say that the public shouldn't have to pay for the research twice — first through taxes and then to the publisher.

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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.