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Here's a short piece from the New York Times about scientists who used DNA analysis to determine that a newly discovered ant is "the most primitive of living ants, its DNA least changed in the more than 100 million years that ants have crawled around." Don't miss the spiffy infographic, which offers some interesting trivia on Martialis heureka (the ant's name is a joke based on E.O. Wilson's reaction to seeing it for the first time).

 

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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.