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This news story from the Guardian says that "universities and medical schools have been criticized for increasing the number of animals used in research by more than 50 percent since 1996 while industry has reduced its procedures by 20 percent over the same period." One person quoted blames the "ivory tower mentality" while others argue that current computational methods simply have limits in terms of how well they can simulate biological systems.

 

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.