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The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers launched its Stop Biotech Looting campaign last week after learning that subcontractors have been hiring non-union workers over the past year on a half-dozen projects for Boston-area life-sci giants.

Assemblymember Mark Weprin’s bill would allow New York City to award up to $250,000 in tax credits over four years to life-sci companies that build new facilities or create jobs in the Big Apple.

Top executives last week from Alexandria Real Estate Equities, BioMed Realty Trust, and HCP said life-sci shops are increasingly skittish about leasing new space for the long term, leading the REITs to reduce spending on construction and renovation projects this year.

The Cambridge City Council approved the REIT's request to rezone 15.7 acres in an East Cambridge neighborhood to accommodate the $1 billion, 1.8 million-square-foot campus in exchange for including a greater mix of uses in the plan.

Gaithersburg West Master Plan, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, University of Houston Institute of Biomedical Research, Connecticut Economic Development Consolidations, South San Francisco Life Sciences Career Fair, New York City Biotechnology Tax Credit

CEO Joel Marcus offered no explanation for the delay, though he said the ongoing financial upheaval in the US has compelled the REIT to embark on a "major reduction" of capital spending.

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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.