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Marking Mad Cow

Researchers led by Lee Hood have found proteins that seem to signal the onslaught of mad cow disease, reports Technology Review. The scientists took a global approach: they infected mice with prions and followed the resulting gene expression changes in the mice brains, resulting in 30 million data points. They narrowed the implicated genes down to 300, noting that the proteins can be seen in the mouse bloodstream about eight to 10 weeks before the onset of symptoms.

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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.

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