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A Nature News piece examines the use of DNA fingerprinting technologies to validate the authenticity of cell lines used for research. "Cell-line misidentification has led to mistakes in the literature, misguided research based on those results and millions wasted in grant money," according to Nature.

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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.