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Malaria is a scourge that researchers have had a very hard time fighting. But now, thanks to a new technique developed by an international team of researchers, an effective vaccine for malaria may be possible, reports Veronique Greenwood at 80beats. The problem with malaria is that the various strains of Plasmodium falciparum, the protozoan that causes the disease, use different molecular methods to infect red blood cells, Greenwood says.

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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.