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It's not easy being genetically modified. In the UK, where anti-GMO sentiment is still strong, the Guardian reports that David King, the outgoing chief scientific advisor to the government, was using his farewell speech to promote GMO goodwill. He went so far as to say that these foods "are likely to be safer to eat than conventionally produced crops," according to the article, and said that public concerns were largely unfounded.

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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.