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Quick Analysis

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.

More to Get Through

The Washington Post reports on the growth of the backlog of untested forensic DNA samples.

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.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.