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At his blog Epidemix, Thomas Goetz makes a case against California and New York’s cease-and-desist letters to personal genomics companies by saying that this will harm the public's health. He says that the small subset of individuals who might overreact to the tests is far outnumbered by those who will use the information wisely.

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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.