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Wired has a couple of articles on stem cell news. One reports that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, launched as a funding source for scientists working with embryonic stem cells, will now award as much as $13 million for research into "techniques that do not destroy human embryos," according to the story. "It's a shift from the institute's original goal of funding mostly embryonic stem cell research."

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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.