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Epidemiologists have shown data that epigenetic marks are caused by environmental influences during early development, and that they can effect phenotypic expression throughout one's lifetime. In work published this week in PNAS, they used mass spec analysis to measure DNA methylation across a sample of 60 people who were prenatally exposed to famine during the Dutch Hunger Winter in 1944-45.

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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.