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

Eh, Sure

A judge says that despite misgivings, uncertain forensic approaches are allowed in court because they are "better than nothing," Scientific American reports.

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

A blog post at the Guardian says that epigenetics is coming soon to forensics.

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.

Changes in the microbiome can help researchers pinpoint time of death, Scientific American reports.

The company's Keystone platform will have an iPhone-esque application platform for different tools used for forensic DNA data analysis. 

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.

The company will work with researchers from the University of North Texas Health Science Center to develop better software for forensics. 


The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.