forensic DNA testing

The Atlantic writes that new tools and technologies are entering the forensic genetic space.

An investigative piece from the New York Times and ProPublica highlights concerns with DNA testing at the chief medical examiner office in New York.

Using a new algorithm, JCVI and Human Longevity researchers revealed potential re-identification risks using trait prediction from genome sequences.

Flushed Out a Suspect

Fecal DNA helps police arrest a California burglary suspect, the Ventura County Star reports.

An opinion piece appearing in Newsday likens familial DNA searches to stop-and-frisk policies.

According to the AP, local police departments are creating their own DNA databases.

The Thermo Fisher subsidiary is not liable to Promega in the US for selling infringing forensic DNA kits in Europe, containing US-manufactured Taq polymerase.

And Closed

A familial DNA search closed a more than 40-year-old murder case, the Washington Post reports.

New York is weighing allowing familial DNA searches, according to the New York Times.

New York officials are considering the use of a familial DNA search to get a lead on a suspect in the strangulation death of a runner.

Pages

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.