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President-elect Barack Obama is about to name new heads of the CDC and FDA, says this story in the Wall Street Journal. Julie Gerberding will step down as CDC director to be replaced by William Gimson III, the CDC's COO, for the transition.

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Wired reports on how genetic genealogy's use in forensics has exploded in the year since an arrest in the Golden State Killer case was made.

Retraction Watch reports that the increase in retracted papers at a journal is due to more resources there to tackle publication ethics.

New York City has settled with a forensic scientist who was fired after questioning a DNA testing approach used by the medical examiner's office, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: technique for measuring replication fork movement, WINTHER trial results, and more.