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Andrew Yates reviews Stewart Scherer's A Short Guide to the Human Genome. It's not, he says, a book for laypeople but for scientists with a grounding in molecular biology and interested in genomics. As such, the book expects you to add your own context, says Yates. It contains a fair few factoids including these that Yates posted: "How big is the largest protein? 33,423 amino acids (titin, which is encoded by the TTN gene). The smallest?

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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.