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What Makes Us Human?

He's not just M*A*S*H's Hawkeye Pierce. Alan Alda has hosted PBS's Scientific American Frontiers and starting tonight, Alda will be hosting a three-part series on PBS called The Human Spark. In it, Alda will explore "the nature of human uniqueness," according to the show's website, as he looks at cave wall paintings, visits primate researchers, and undergoes an MRI.

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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.