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Most people wouldn't think that making E. coli smarter is the best thing to do, but a group of students at the University of Tokyo have taught the microbes to solve logical puzzles, like Sudoku, reports New Scientist's Frank Swain. Beginning with 16 types of 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.