Using phylogenetics, scientists have been able to inform prosecutors about how closely related viral or bacterial strains are, information that can help support criminal cases, Nature reports.

"What we are doing is a virus genealogy," the University of Oxford's Oliver Pybus tells Nature.

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New results from the NASA Twins Study indicate that the immune system may rev up when in space, the Washington Post reports.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new science advisor, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

In PNAS this week: whole-genome assembly for the white shark, paper-based microfluidic method for detecting the malaria parasite, and more.

The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.