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Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster may or may not be hoaxes, but research into their existence can still yield meaningful scientific knowledge.

Scientific American relates the story of Charlotte Lindqvist, a geneticist at the University at Buffalo who, a few years back, examined some fur and bone samples provided by a film crew searching for Big Foot. The samples, they thought, could prove the existence of the big hairy beast.

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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.