Familial DNA searches have enabled investigators to make arrests in prominent cases like Los Angeles' Grim Sleeper serial killer case. There, Lonnie Franklin, Jr., was tied to the murders because investigators noted that his son, who had been arrested on a weapons charge and had had his DNA collected by law enforcement, appeared related to the killer.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

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