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This article from the UK's Guardian reports that Britain's Parliament approved a bill that will allow scientists "to produce human-animal 'hybrid embryos' for stem cells, and use 'saviour siblings' to provide bone marrow or umbilical cord tissue for treating genetic conditions." The newspaper refers to the approval as "the most significant shake-up of embryology laws for 20 years."

 

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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.