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Using equipment he bought himself, Hugh Rienhoff got to the bottom of an apparently genetic syndrome affecting his daughter, writes Brendan Maher at Nature. Rienhoff, a biotech entrepreneur and trained geneticist, found a mutation in the gene encoding transforming growth factor-β3 in his daughter, Bea. Genes in the TGF-β pathway, Maher notes, have been linked to other diseases that have symptoms that overlap with Bea's.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.