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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – IDbyDNA announced today that it has raised $9 million in a Series A financing round.

The University of Utah spinout company said it will use the funds to launch metagenomics-based clinical tests for infectious diseases, and to further develop DNA search technologies based on the Taxonomer metagenomics analysis platform for universal pathogen detection and host-response profiling it co-developed with the University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.