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Two Utah cases represent the promise and pitfalls of using genetic genealogy in law enforcement, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

And Not a Vampire

The Washington Post reports that a man treated as if he were a vampire after death in the 1800s was likely, based on genetic and other analyses, a man named John Barber who had tuberculosis.

Skipping the Delays

Kentucky law enforcement officials are testing a rapid DNA analyzer in sexual assault cases, CNBC reports.

The Face of It

Slate discusses efforts to offer DNA phenotyping services, but also its drawbacks.

And Overturned

Genetic genealogy has helped exonerate a man who has been jailed for 20 years, Agence France Presse reports.

A Conviction

A suspect linked to a double murder through genetic genealogy has been convicted, according to the Associated Press.

The Associated Press reports that a state board in Texas has asked ANDE, a maker of rapid DNA machines, to halt its work there.

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 US National Institutes of Health's All of Us project awarded $4.6 million to the company Color to develop a genetic counseling resource for the program.

The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

New guidelines say that more women may benefit from genetic testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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