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As Richard Dawkins is stepping down from his post as a public understanding of science professor at Oxford, the UK's Guardian sat down with him to discuss how people view science. Dawkins says that the public's level of ignorance about science has remained the same over his tenure, but now there is more active opposition to science and he attributes that to a greater influence of religion.

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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.