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In a recent Cancer Cell paper, researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and elsewhere report on their systematic deletions of a combination of tumor suppressor genes in a mouse model, which they found produced phenotypes with "striking similarities to subclasses of human diffuse astrocytoma." As a result of its investigations, the St. Jude-led team suggests that "there is a selective cooperativitiy among tumor suppressors" PTEN, TP53, and RB1 during glioma initiation.

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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.