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Scientists tested three theories as to why gene order within operons doesn't appear to be random when it comes to the order of enzymes needed in metabolic pathways. Studying E. coli and "employing deterministic and stochastic models of enzyme kinetics," the Hungarian researchers found that the theory of stochastic stalling -- if an operon is not often expressed, then all the proteins for this part of metabolism can be lost -- is supported.

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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.