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The quest to stave off a potential flu pandemic has led scientists to Sir Mark Sykes, a Brit who died from the Spanish flu 89 years ago, reports the BBC. The aristocrat's grandkids have authorized researchers to exhume the body, which was buried in a lead coffin, to search for viral DNA.

 

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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.