Cracking Old Cases

The Washington Post looks into how criminal investigators are using genetic genealogy in cold cases.

Back for More Testing

The Associated Press reports California governor Jerry Brown has ordered new DNA tests in a 35-year-old quadruple murder case.

Faster Profiles

The Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

For Identification

DNA analysis may assist in the identification of victims of the Camp Fire in California, The Scientist reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: single-cell analysis of colorectal cancers finds genome-wide demethylation patterns, and more.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: open genetic genealogy databases can lead to the identification of individuals who have not sought testing, and more.

The two papers published today in Science and Cell have implications for both forensics and genetic research.

Minor Collection

A new California bill signed into law governs how law enforcement in the state can collect DNA samples from minors, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

From Tusk to Cartel

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

The work is a step toward transitioning from PCR- and CE-based methods for STR profiling in forensics to NGS-based approaches.


Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.