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The Boston Globe profiles Diana Bianchi, a pediatrics researcher, who is writing a guide to the history of genetics and genomics. She's traveled to the Abbey where Gregor Mendel minded his sweet pea plants, had a beer at the pub in Cambridge where James Watson and Francis Crick went, and to Honolulu where the Cohen-Boyer experiment took place. Her own ascent to work on maternal microchimerism is just as interesting.

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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.