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While the debate over the utility of whole-genome sequencing in the clinic continues, it is already being used by companies for an entirely different purpose, says Nature News' Ewen Callaway — ancestry testing. Though this is not necessarily new, it is becoming more popular, with high-profile people like former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. revealing their roots after undergoing testing.

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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.