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Hsien-Hsien Lei thinks about why someone would not want their DNA to be sequenced. Her list starts off with "You have no idea what DNA is" but soon catalogs more pressing concerns someone could have, such as worries about genetic discrimination or that many tests are not covered by insurance policies. Furthermore, someone might be healthy with no dire family medical history.

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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.