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In the early, online version of Genome Biology this week, members of the Catfish Genome Consortium report that they have put together a collection of nearly half a million catfish expressed sequence tags using data for eight channel catfish and four blue catfish as well as previous data. In the process, they identified some 300,000 potential catfish SNPs and nearly 15,000 unique catfish genes.

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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.