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The startup incubator from which Dropbox, AirBnb, and Reddit sprang is launching a nonprofit research arm, the Verge reports. Though best known for its influence on Internet businesses, Technology Review notes that it has expanded its scope to include companies that focus on hardware, biotechnology, and nuclear energy.

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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.