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In another guest column at Olivia Judson's blog, Stephen Quake says that the current efforts to sequence the human genome – "having the consensus genome sequenced was not a stopping point" – and others will not only drive scientific discovery, but also personal discovery.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

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.