There's been some doubt as to the accuracy of some forensic science approaches, but Scientific American's Steve Mirsky reports that a judge speaking at a recent meeting says that they are still being used because they are "better than nothing."
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A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.
Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.
In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.
A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.