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High-throughput analysis of proteins in naked mole rats shows that they live longer because their proteins are more resistant to unfolding, says an article in Technology Review. The work, published in PNAS this week, looked across oxidation states of protein cysteines to find how the longest-lived rodent can withstand oxidative stress, which is thought to be a culprit in aging.

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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.