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A US House of Representatives spending panel has approved a flat budget for the National Science Foundation, ScienceInsider reports.

"We've protected the National Science Foundation because we understand that funding basic research is essential to the nation," says Representative John Culberson (R-TX), the chair of the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations subcommittee. 

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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.