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Merck this week announced a broad restructuring that will include the elimination of roughly 8,500 jobs and a reduction in the company's annual operating expenses by $2.5 billion by the end of 2015.

Notably, the move will also include a reduction in Merck's focus on platform technologies, of which RNAi is one, raising questions about the future of the gene-silencing technology at one of the few remaining big pharmas that continues to embrace it.

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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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