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There are a number of persuasive arguments for repairing human DNA, including germline DNA, writes Harvard Medical School's George Church in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"As we list compelling reasons to repair human DNA (both soma and germline), we include infirmity of our embryos, infertility in adults, and cognitive decline in our oldest citizens," he writes.

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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.