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Gene editing could enable tomatoes to produce capsaicinoids that are typically found in chili peppers, the Guardian reports. This, researchers from Brazil and Ireland say, could allow capsaicinoids to be obtained more easily. Capsaicinoids, the Guardian notes, are used in pepper spray, anesthetics, and more.

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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.