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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina today announced that it has acquired Cambridge, UK-based BlueGnome for an undisclosed sum.

The deal provides Illumina with BlueGnome's array-based cytogenetic and in vitro fertilization screening tests. The firm's 24sure test is a preimplantation genetic screening assay for counting the chromosomes in a single human cell and "holds enormous promise for increasing IVF success rates," said Illumina.

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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.

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