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James Watson was at University College Cork in Ireland last week to give the inaugural talk at the Cork cancer research center, reports The Guardian's Science Blog. During his lecture, he lamented the slow progress toward a cure for cancer. "We should try and cure cancer now, not 10 to 20 years from now," Watson said.

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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.