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GSK is cutting staff, and a lot of it, reports Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline. "I'm hearing that the smallest cuts are around 40% of the entire research staff at the various sites,"  he writes. For those who have never been through a layoff, or are new to industry, Lowe wonders how much the "grass is greener" mentality will play into departing scientists' ideas of why they were let go.

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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.