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Leonard, one of the characters in Jeffrey Eugenides' novel The Marriage Plot, set in the 1980s, is a biologist studying yeast genetics. In the book, Leonard's description of his work brought back memories for NIH's Amar Klar, reports The New York Times. "The detailed description was of his own work. The yeast studies were ones that had made his scientific reputation.

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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.