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In PLOS Genetics, a team led by investigators in the US and China explores ties between the placental transcriptome and traits such as birth weight, childhood obesity, and body mass index in childhood. Starting with data from prior genome-wide association analyses, the researchers narrowed in on a handful of expression quantitative trait loci and placental transcripts that coincided with variants implicated in birth and childhood weight features.

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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.