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Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline blogs about a recent post from Rob Carlson at Synthesis who recently toured a garage lab in the Silicon Valley. Carlson disclosed only vague details about the work that "biohackers" are doing in the garage; he only mentions that the participants are "screening for anti-cancer compounds," and includes two color photos depicting portions of an impressive-looking setup.

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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.