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Not only is FDA interested in learning more about direct-to-consumer genetic tests — the deputy director of the device evaluation section wrote a letter to the Pathway Genomics CEO asking him to provide the FDA clearance or approval number for Genetic Health Report or explain why he thinks it doesn't need clearance — so is the US House of Representatives.

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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.