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After seeing years of flat budgets, Steven Salzberg at the blog Genefinding bemoans the lack of increased funding for the NIH, considering expectations that the new Democratic Congress would be putting more money into scientific research. In part, he says, it's a combination of anti-science politicians on the right and a scientifically illiterate public who contribute to perpetuating this lack of support.

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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.