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This article in the Economist considers why rat control in Asia, where black rats are more common than the brown rats that spread in Europe, has been particularly difficult. Scientist Ken Aplin from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Australia just completed work indicating broader genetic diversity than expected among black rats, which could indicate why different control methods are needed.

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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.

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.

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

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