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A lengthy feature at The Scientist dissects the controversy around a 2005 paper that seemed to throw a wrench in the rules of Mendelian inheritance. The paper, out of Susan Lolle and Robert Pruitt's Purdue labs, showed that somehow a "mutant Arabidopsis plant could 'fix itself' back to the wild type and take on the genetics of its grandparents," writes the article.

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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.