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DNA sequencing is increasingly becoming the go-to test to uncover the causes of rare genetic disorders, writes Gina Kolata at the New York Times. While parents seeking such a test for their children have high expectations, experts note that genetic mutations are only found in about a quarter of cases, and the test leads to better treatment plans in only about 3 percent of cases and improvement in about 1 percent of cases.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.