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Caltech researchers have made a tiny microfluidics-based microscope that sits on a light-sensing chip identical to those found in digital cameras, reports MIT's Tech Review. The images it takes can then be combined with a processor similar to those found in PDAs, enabling high-throughput imaging in biology labs. The researchers estimate that their microscope could be mass-produced at a cost of $10 each -- and one day, doctors could carry them in their pockets.

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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.