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While the US National Science Foundation's new director has made an effort to reach out to Congress, Nature reports that some of that outreach may be in vain.

Republican lawmakers, it notes, have focused on NSF and its grant-funding process as a source of potential wasteful spending and have presented legislation to have the agency certify that grants is does fund are in the national interest.

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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.