This Week in Cell

A team from the University of California, San Francisco, Stanford University, and elsewhere tallies up essential genes in the bacterial species Bacillus subtilis using a CRISPR/Cas9 interference strategy. After establishing a knockdown library targeting nearly 300 genes that are known or suspected of being essential in the bug, the researchers used CRISPR-based interference to verify essential genes, uncover potential drug targets, and gauge gene interactions and functions.

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Using DNA to sketch crime victims might not be a great idea, the NYTimes says.

Science has its own problem with sexual harassment. What do we do with the research these abusers produce, Wired asks.

Senate Republicans led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to change how the government funds basic research, reports ScienceInsider.

In Science this week: combining genomics and ecology to better understand the effects of natural selection on evolution, and more.