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Georg Fritz at the University of Cologne and his colleagues are studying the way cells store and process information and then pass it on to subsequent generations of cells, reports the Technology Review's Physics ArXiv blog. The researchers say that a network of genes can act as a "conditional memory" that stores or ignores information when told to do so. "The circuit behaves similarly to a 'data latch' in an electronic circuit, i.e.

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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.