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If Technology Review is right, we may have to stop making fun of those DNA-based ancestry sites. According to this article, the popularity of large-scale studies like GWAS is providing markers that appear to be more indicative of actual ancestry than some of the early-days markers that have been used to date. Of course, if the ancestry companies started using high-density arrays to look at hundreds of thousands of regions across the genome ... well, then they'd just be 23andMe.

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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.