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A paper in the inaugural issue of Microbiome describes the effort to develop and design a synthetic stool mixture to treat people with Clostridium difficile infections. Researchers led by the University of Guelph's Emma Allen-Vercoe present their therapy, which they dubbed RePOOPulate.

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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.