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Many genetic testing sites don't explain the privacy ramifications of taking the test, according to Helen Dixon, Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner.

In a clinical or research context with professionals, Dixon said that genetic testing can be helpful as it can uncover markers for cancer, as the Irish Times reports. She was speaking at the Data Summit in Dublin.

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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.