Beginning tomorrow night on PBS is a series called African-American Lives 2 that brings together DNA samples, slave ship records, wills, and other historical documents to trace the ancestry of 12 people, including Maya Angelou, Morgan Freeman, and Chris Rock.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.