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A new spit test to gauge individuals' risk of developing autism is now available in some parts of the US, but USA Today reports that some experts don't think tests like that are yet ready for prime time.

"What they're doing is laudable," Alison Singer, president and founder of the Autism Science Foundation, tells it. "This is where we want to be, we're just not ready to be there yet."

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.