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This weekend, the Wall Street Journal had a front-page feature story on the International Rice Research Institute, the megafacility outside Manila aiming to problems facing the rice-growing community. Scientists there are working with "high-tech rice" that can be grown in unusual or challenging environmental conditions, perform photosynthesis differently, and more.

 

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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.