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The accolades have been raining down on telomere expert Elizabeth Blackburn lately, so Discover magazine offers this interview with the scientist. The intro lists some of Blackburn's awards (the Lasker, Gruber, and Gairdner prizes), and just this week she was also honored with the L'Oreal -UNESCO For Women in Science Award.

 

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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.