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An international team led by investigators in Italy explores peopling patterns in the Sahara during a fertile period in the Holocene. Using targeted sequencing on 3.3 million bases of Y chromosome sequencing in more than 100 participants, the researchers identified almost 6,000 potential mutations, including 142 markers that appeared to be informative for population history.

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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.