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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Children's Tumor Foundation today announced a new research collaboration aimed at finding cures for neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2).

Modeled after the Stand up to Cancer initiative, Synodos brings together researchers from 12 laboratories at academic and medical centers of excellence who will share information, datasets, and results, among other things, in order to accelerate the pace of new drug discovery.

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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.