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Martin Fenner from Germany's Hannover Medical School Cancer Center tells the Raleigh, NC-based News & Observer about his efforts to make science more social. The main issue, Fenner says, is that scientists have few incentives for that kind of work. "Researchers are valued by their publications and grants, and other contributions to science — producing research data, communicating science, teaching, et cetera — usually fall under the table," he 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.

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.