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A poll of 1,001 American adults found that 90 percent of them think the public should be better informed about emerging technologies, reports Scientific Blogging. About 22 percent of them had heard of synthetic biology, up from nine percent last year, adds Science Progress.

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Wired reports on how genetic genealogy's use in forensics has exploded in the year since an arrest in the Golden State Killer case was made.

Retraction Watch reports that the increase in retracted papers at a journal is due to more resources there to tackle publication ethics.

New York City has settled with a forensic scientist who was fired after questioning a DNA testing approach used by the medical examiner's office, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: technique for measuring replication fork movement, WINTHER trial results, and more.