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In a study appearing in the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology-led team describe an improved ancient DNA extraction method used to help sequence the mitochondrial genome from a more than 300,000-year-old cave bear bone found in a permafrost-free cave in Spain.

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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.