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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Clinical Data today said that it has completed a $50 million convertible debt financing with New River Management V and another affiliate of Randal J. Kirk, chairman of Clinical Data's board of directors.

The Newton, Mass.-based firm, which makes pharmacogenetic tests and is developing therapeutics, said that the funds would be used primarily to support late-stage therapeutics development. It has two compounds in Phase III studies: vilazodone for treating depression, and Stedivaze, a cardiac stress agent.

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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.

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