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It's What Happens When Gil Grissom Leaves CSI

After a two-year review, the National Academy of Sciences is set to release a report this month on the state of forensic science in the US -- and it's not looking good. The New York Times says people call the report a "sweeping critique of many forensic methods that the police and prosecutors rely on." Those methods include the analysis of bite marks, blood spatter, hair, and handwriting as well as fingerprinting and firearms identifications. According to the Times, the report says the analyses are carried out by "poorly trained technicians who then exaggerate the accuracy of their methods in court." It then suggests that Congress establish a federal agency that keeps forensics separate from law enforcement agencies.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.