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A so-called "zombie" gene may protect elephants from developing cancer, the New York Times reports.

With their size, it would be expected that elephants would be prone to developing cancer, as each cell division provides an opportunity for a mutation to crop up, but the Times notes that studies have suggested that elephants have the same or even lower cancer rates as smaller creatures.

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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.