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The Suspects, Too

At Slate, the R Street Institute's Nila Bala discusses the privacy rights of suspects that genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement bring up.

Researchers trace DNA on a clay pipe found at a former slave site to a population that lives in what is now Sierra Leone, the Washington Post reports.

Shawl Analysis

Two researchers report on their genetic analysis of samples from a shawl thought to belong to a victim of Jack the Ripper, ScienceInsider reports.

"Wild West"

Mother Jones reports there are few regulations overseeing the use of genetic genealogy by law enforcement.

A genetic genealogy approach has led to the arrest of a mother in the 1981 death of her newborn, the New York Times reports.

New Scientist reports that FamilyTreeDNA is offering customers a new way to opt out of allowing the FBI to access their data.

The company also said it has been awarded a research sequencing grant from Illumina Accelerator.

The New York Times reports that researchers are working on a forensic DNA test to tell identical twins apart.

Under Lock and Key?

Bloomberg Businessweek reports on genetic privacy and the use of DNA databases by law enforcement.

FOX4KC reports on a new bill introduced in Kansas to ensure DNA evidence is compared against both open and closed cases.


Researchers representing scientists and students of Chinese descent voice their concerns about recent US policies and rhetoric.

Wired reports that researchers have shown they could reprogram a DNA-based computer.

Researchers say increased diversity in genomic studies will benefit all, PBS NewsHour reports.

In Science this week: whole-genome sequencing of single sperm cells, and more.