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With a team of 20 scientists, J. Craig Venter made an artificial chromosome 580,000 base pairs long, and with 381 genes, reports The Guardian. The sequence is based on Mycoplasma genitalium but the researchers removed one-fifth of its genome, leaving only what was necessary for it to live. The team calls the organism Mycoplasma laboratorium and they have applied for a patent, adds the news report.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

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.