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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.

In Nature this week: native RNA sequencing and analysis of a human poly(A) transcriptome, nanopore sequencing-based method to analyze short tandem repeat expansions, and more.

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

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

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

Formerly known as NetBio, the firm is now the first to gain approval under the new standards of the Rapid DNA Act of 2017.

Thermo Fisher said that IntegenX complements and enhances its existing human identification product portfolio.

The law broadens the ability of law enforcement agencies to use rapid DNA sequencing technology and upload resulting data into a federal database.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: improved method for determining RNA structure, approach for detecting microRNAs digitally, and more.

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

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The Lancet has made changes to its peer-review process in response to its recent retraction of a COVID-19-related paper, Science reports.

The New York Times reports that a series of emails show how Department of Health and Human Services officials sought to silence the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A new initiative aims to move Australia's genome sequencing labs onto one system, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

In PLOS this week: recessive mutation tied to early-onset dilated cardiomyopathy, epigenetic analysis of lung adenocarcinoma, and more.