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British researchers led by Mark Jobling studied the Y chromosome haplotypes of modern men living in northwest Britain, an area that had a large Viking influx about 1,000 years ago. Based upon patrilineally inherited surnames, that genetic data was split in two groups by "modern" and "medieval" last names.

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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.