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It's one of those questions that come up every so often. This time The Scientist asks sociologist Dan Clawson, "Is tenure worth saving?" Clawson describes a study of faculty at his school, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which showed that the university lost 250 tenure-track faculty members between 1990 and 2005, while maintaining the same number of students over the time frame. "Our university was being transformed before our very eyes in ways that most of us found destructive," Clawson 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.

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