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In PLOS Genetics, a University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee team explores the functional consequences of rare, gain-of-function changes to the voltage-gated calcium channel-coding gene CACNA1C that appear de novo in individuals with a high-penetrance autism spectrum disorder-related condition called Timothy syndrome.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.