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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing customers and gift-receivers might want to consider what they may learn before they send in samples for analysis, NJ.com reports. It adds that genetic testing kits — some of which can tell customers their APOE4 status, which is linked to an increased risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease — have been included on numerous gift-buying guides this holiday season.

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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.