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A new plan is afoot to ease NIH's peer review system. Applications will now be shorter, 12 pages rather than 25, and they should focus more on the impact of the research, rather than research method. All proposals -- even "triaged" ones -- will be scored on five criteria to give better feedback to researchers. Reviewers who have participated in more than 18 study sections will also be rewarded for their service with grant extensions up to $250,000.

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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.