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At the Beyond Genome meeting in San Francisco, Madhu Dhar talked about a gene, Atp10c, linked to diabetes and obesity that when silenced in mouse cell cultures, the cells have a 10-fold increase in their ability to uptake glucose. An added twist is that the gene is only active when inherited maternally; a paternally inherited version of the gene is epigenetically silenced, says Science News.

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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.