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GTO's Odds and Ends

What do you do with all those items that aren't big enough for their own post? At GTO headquarters, you round them up into a smorgasbord of odds and ends. To wit:

NYT reports that California-based BioArts International is planning an auction next month to clone five dogs in a project called Best Friends Again. Bidding will start at $100,000.

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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.