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In October, the UK's National Health Service will launch a pilot program to train NHS scientists to help patients and doctors understand genetic tests, reports the UK's Times Online. The pilot program in the West Midlands will cost £4.5 million (about $7.4 million) and, once trained, the scientists will have the background to help primary care and hospital-based physicians on which genetic tests may be needed and interpretation of results.

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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.