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US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced yesterday that he would not be seeking re-election in 2020, according to Stat News. He has led the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee — which oversees biomedical research and more — since 2015, Stat News adds.

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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.