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Open Source R&D

What's the "hot new trend" in R&D? According to Bloomberg opinion columnist Alice Schroeder, it's "open source innovation," which will harness the power of crowd sourcing to come up with intelligent and inexpensive solutions to different research questions. "For corporate executives, open source innovation holds out the promise of maintaining a technological edge while lowering R&D costs," Schroeder 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.