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Hair is one of the most common trace evidence gathered at crime scenes, note researchers led by Murdoch University's Michael Bunce in their Investigative Genetics paper. But if the hairs don't include the roots, they usually don't contain enough DNA for STR analysis.

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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.