Researchers in the US and Europe are working to move next-generation sequencing into forensic applications, which could increase discriminatory power, as well as enable previously untestable samples to be analyzed.

Currently, forensic profiling is based on STR analysis with capillary electrophoresis, or analysis of mitochondrial DNA with PCR and Sanger sequencing.

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CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

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