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This newswire story reports that some watchdog groups are protesting recently published research demonstrating what may be the first time scientists genetically altered a human embryo. The scientist leading the study, Zev Rosenwaks at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, says that the work centered around stem cells and that the embryo in question was chosen because it was abnormal and could never actually have developed into a viable baby.

 

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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.