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The collaboration between the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Massachusetts General Cancer Center to study the role of genetics in response to cancer treatment is beginning to show results. The study, which began in 2008, released its initial data set, detailing the responses of 350 cancer cell lines to 18 therapeutics. From this, researchers were able to confirm that melanomas with a mutation in the BRAF gene were sensitive to the Astra-Zeneca drug AZ628.

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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.