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A rape suspect is contesting the DNA analysis that was performed after he was identified through genetic genealogy, the Washington Post reports.

Wired reports that a murder trial in which police homed in on a suspect using genetic genealogy is heading to court, but won't focus on the technique.

GEDmatch Opts Outs

According to New Scientist, GEDmatch changed its terms and conditions over the weekend to opt its users out of law enforcement searches.

The FBI approved the MiSeq FGx Forensic Genomics System for use by forensic labs for generating DNA profiles for the National DNA Index System.

The plaintiffs are concerned by the growth of DNA databases for law enforcement and want the government to automatically delete profiles of people not convicted of felonies.

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.

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.

The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

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Kentucky is now using rapid DNA testing in some sexual assault cases, according to the Associated Press.

Buzzfeed News' Peter Aldhous tried his hand at genetic genealogy to identify some of his coworkers.

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The chief executive of the National Health Service in England is to call for tumor-agnostic drugs to be "fast-tracked," according to the Times.

Researchers in Australia are sequencing the Wollemi pine tree to try to protect it from extinction, Australia's ABC News reports.

Computerworld ranks Illumina as one of the top midsize organizations to work at in IT.

In Genome Research this week: links between biological aging and mutations affecting epigenetic regulators; long-read sequencing-based strategy to map chromatin accessibility; and more.