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In a new study published in Cell, researchers at Cornell University report that RNA can be methylated just like DNA, says New Scientist's Andy Coghlan. Senior author Samie Jaffrey and his team found that around 20 percent of all RNA produced in rat brain cells and human kidney cells have methylated adenosine, Coghlan says.

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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.