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Charles Kao, Willard Boyle, and George Smith will share this year's Nobel Prize in physics, reports the Associated Press. Kao wins for his work in fiber optics which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says include "groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication" that allows global broadband communication.

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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.