A team intent on unraveling the genetic secrets of archaic hominins has come up with a new strategy for amplifying single rather than double strands of DNA, making it possible to sequence ancient genomes to far greater depth than was previously possible.

And because the strategy is specialized for dealing with old and/or somewhat degraded DNA, its developers say it could prove useful not only for sequencing ancient genetic material, but also for performing more sensitive forensic studies.

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In Nature this week: expansion of disease-resistance genes among long-lived oak trees, and more.

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.

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