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Historically black colleges and universities are providing resources to support minorities in the sciences, writes Alexandra Ossola at the Atlantic. She notes that Hispanics, African Americans, and Native Americans comprise 26 percent of the US workforce, but are only 10 percent of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce.

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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.