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Because the microbiome is so changeable, it's an attractive focus for interventions to improve health. While Ed Yong writes in an op-ed at the New York Times that altering the gut microbiome to treat recurrent Clostridium difficile infections has been highly successful, trying to determine whether more subtle changes to the microbiome are something to be treated may be more difficult.

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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.