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Nobel laureate Harold Varmus tells the Globe and Mail that progress in cancer research for the next few years will "be singles and doubles but not home runs." Varmus, who is the head of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, says that there have been unrealistically high expectations for cancer research since US President Nixon declared war on it in 1971, and that media hype fuels those high hopes.

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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.