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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was to kick off the first World Science Festival this morning. This five-day event includes talks on how experiments go wrong, neuroscience in the Bourne movies, Oliver Sacks and music, as well as Francis Collins, Jim Evans, and Paul Nurse on personal genomics.

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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.