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Driving the shift is a belief that standard STR testing is not always a reliable tool for determining complex family relationships.

According to the Associated Press, Joseph James DeAngelo, who was linked by genetic genealogy to a series of rapes and murders, is to serve multiple, consecutive life sentences.

Minnesota police have used genetic genealogy to make an arrest in a 1986 cold case, reports NBC News.

The Los Angeles Times reports Joseph James DeAngelo is expected to plead guilty in a case that identified him as a suspect through genetic genealogy.

A new pilot program aims to identify DNA matches between Florida felons and unsolved crimes nationwide.

NBC Bay Area reports a California lab has been certified to conduct forensic mitochondrial DNA sequencing.

The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

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A genetic genealogy analysis helped secure the release of a California man from prison after getting his murder conviction overturned, the Guardian reports.

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Buzzfeed News reports that Family Tree DNA declined to give Parabon Nanolabs access to its database.

As 2020 dawns, forensic genomics is poised for growth as companies aim to harness the power of consumer databases coupled with advances in sequencing.

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Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.

Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.

The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.

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