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The US Federal Trade Commission is taking a swing at companies that promote cancer cures online, reports the Los Angeles Times. The director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, Lydia Parnes, says they will be taking action against 11 companies. "We found all of these claims to be nothing short of breathtaking, and not in a good way," she says.

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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.