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There is a problem with GWAS, says Mike the Mad Biologist. The "missing heritability" issue — in which identified genetic variation only accounts for a small portion of the estimated genetic variation for a certain trait — has always been a problem. In addition, GWAS also have problems characterizing traits accurately, Mike adds.

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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.