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"Do scientists really believe in open science?" asks research associate Frank Gibson on his peanutbutter blog. To answer his own question, he first discusses the definition of open science and concludes that for science to be open it needs to be fully open access with open licensing, open standards, and open data. Gibson says that open science is gaining some traction but is being held back by the old publish-or-perish mentality.

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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.