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Stemming the Tide

Researchers are facing declining grant success rates as science budgets tighten, so many of them are starting to submit more than one proposal at a time in a bid to increase their chances of success, says ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. But data from the US National Science Foundation shows that the rising volume of grant proposals is threatening to "sink an already overloaded staff," Mervis 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.