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A news story examines the fate of using surrogate biomarkers in clinical trials. So far, reliance on markers that don't necessarily correlate with a disease itself has helped "fast-track" many drugs through the FDA approval process. Surprising findings about drugs, like GSK's Avandia, have people questioning dependence on these kinds of markers.

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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.