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The New York Times profiles Duke's David Goldstein, calling him a dissenting voice above the common disease/common variant hypothesis. Goldstein says that common diseases are probably caused by many rare variants and that doing more and more genome-wide association studies will largely be fruitless.

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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.