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With advances in synthetic biology, it will soon be possible for people to use a so-called DNA printer "to print our own treatments" cheaply, writes Vivek Wadhwa in a column at The Washington Post. A colleague of Wadhwa's at Singularity University, Andrew Hessel, tells him that people will be able to search for and print out genetic designs.

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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.