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Watching a companion, even a furry four-legged one, suffer from cancer is heartbreaking. An article in The Scientist recounts how Texas researchers developed a device to deliver plasmids containing growth hormone releasing hormone to dogs with cachexia that prevents them from being able to tolerate cancer treatments.

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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.