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SciLink, the MySpace of the science community, recently experienced an electrical fire in its home base. According to director Brian Gilman, the team was working on its user accounts when the lights started to flicker and hum. The seriousness of the situation became clearer as the building’s hallways filled with smoke. Fortunately, all of the SciLink staff made it out unscathed.

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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.