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Researchers at Stanford University and elsewhere are testing the cardiovascular efficiency of hundreds of top athletes, the Mercury News reports. The Exercise at the Limit: Inherited Traits of Endurance project team is looking for individuals who have extremely efficient cardiovascular systems and then plans to sequence them to find genetic mutations linked to that ability.

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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.