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Larry Moran poses a question in the form of a "junk" DNA quiz on his blog, which asks, "How much of our genome could be deleted without having any significant effect on our species?" He's already got a long track of blog replies, and the discussion helps clarify any confusion GTO may have admitted to in the past.

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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.