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One of the initial proponents of using gene drives to contain invasive species says the approach may be too risky, the New York Times reports.

"I feel like I've blown it," MIT's Kevin Esvelt tells the Times. He adds that advocating for using gene drives in that way was "an embarrassing mistake."

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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.