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Surely this is not how Jay Blankenbeckler expected to spend his 15 minutes of celebrity. An article from Time about the wildfires in California focuses on how Blankenbeckler, identified as a biotech manager at Invitrogen, and his family managed to escape the rapidly advancing fires. If you've been having trouble relating to what Californians are going through this week, the article gives a clear description of the spreading danger, confusion, and panic.

 

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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.