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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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.