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In a paper appearing this week in PLoS Computational Biology, Forest Rohwer at San Diego State University and colleagues have published software for comparing metagenomic sequence data. Genome relative Abundance and Average Size is "a complete software package that provides improved estimates of community composition and average genome length for metagenomes in both textual and graphical formats," they say in the abstract.

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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.