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California will be searching its DNA databases for the relatives of criminal suspects, reports the Los Angeles Times. Under this new policy the state crime lab will tell the police about close, partial DNA matches from the database that are likely to be a familial match. Other states use this technique, but California is the first to make it policy, raising concerns of civil libertarians.

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University of Idaho researchers model the scientific discovery process to examine the link between reproducibility and scientific truth.

A bill passed by a US House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee would give scientific agencies including the National Science Foundation boosts in funding.

Relocating USDA agencies outside of Washington, DC, may make them less effective, critics of the move tell NPR.

In PLOS this week: genes that help Borrelia burgdorferi survive in ticks, CiliaCarta collection of about 1,000 suspected cilia genes, and more.