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Seymour Benzer, a Caltech professor and geneticist whose pioneering research discovered that genes were structured like words, passed away last month at the age of 86, writes the New York Times. Later in his career, he worked on the link between genes and behavior, memory, and longevity.

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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.