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23andMe has gotten the go-ahead from the US Food and Drug Administration to sell its genetic health risk report on three BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations that increase a person's chances of developing breast cancer, as GenomeWeb reports. These variants are most common among people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, though they are found to a lesser degree among individuals of other ethnic backgrounds.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

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.