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Citing lower than expected sales in its biomarker and testing business, protein biomarker firm NextGen Group said this week it has entered a convertible loan agreement with Alpha 4 Concepts for the provision of additional funding of £650,000 ($1.04 million).

The funding is required "in order to continue to fund the working capital requirements of the [firm] and the investments in the diagnostic business," the company said. It added that it expects that it will require further funding in the first quarter of 2012.

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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.

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