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Retraction rates for scientific journal articles are up ten-fold, according to the UK's Times Higher Education. An analysis by Thomson Reuters for Times looked at the number of peer-reviewed articles published each year since 1990 and the number of retractions and found that while the number of articles has doubled, the number of retractions increased by 20 times.

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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.