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There have been any number of complaints about the patent reform laws here in the US, but now someone's taking action. This article from the Wall Street Journal reports on a lawsuit GlaxoSmithKline filed against the US Patent and Trademark Office, charging that the new rules "could damage about 100 of the company's pending patent applications."

 

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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.