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In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine and elsewhere describe a founder mutation involved in a subset of autosomal recessive leukoencephalopathy cases, a condition marked by white matter abnormalities in the central nervous system that produce neurological symptoms. The team did exome sequencing on five leukoencephalopathy-affected individuals from three Ashkenazi Jewish families, all showing similar developmental delay, seizure, and other symptoms.

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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.