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US lawmakers and officials continue to debate whether the US should engage with China on scientific matters, Nature's News Blog reports. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, argued at a hearing yesterday that by working with China, the US can encourage the country to change, while Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said detachment would show that the US opposes a number of China's policies.

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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.