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New software can identify you by your DNA — in minutes Eureka Alert
> Researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center have developed a method to quickly and accurately identify people and cell lines from their DNA. The technology could have multiple applications, from identifying victims in a mass disaster to analyzing crime scenes. But its most immediate use could be to flag mislabeled or contaminated cell lines in cancer experiments, a major reason that studies are later invalidated. The discovery is described in the latest issue of eLife.

Researcher Sophie Zaaijer uses the MinION, a portable DNA sequencer, to get a quick genetic readout of a sample of cells.

DNA sketch leads to suspect confession in Texas slaying AP
> After her oldest daughter was killed in May 2016, Michelle McDaniel and the rest of her family isolated themselves in their small Texas town out of fear that the unknown killer could be standing in line with them at the grocery store or passing them on the street.
> Then early last month, Brown County sheriff’s investigators sent McDaniel a sketch of the man they suspected in her daughter’s death, despite having no witnesses. The sketch was created using DNA found at the crime scene; a private lab used the sample to predict the shape of the killer’s face, his skin tone, eye color and hair color.
> Within a week, the sheriff’s office had a suspect in custody.


Will sports gambling spread across US?
Courthouse News Service
US Supreme Court to hear case Monday involving New Jersey’s move to allow wagers on football, baseball etc at casinos and racetracks. The issue is states’ rights and the notion of federal “commandeering.”041811-sports-betting

Marine vet who led Malheur raid “sorry for this entire mess”
> Sentenced to a year in federal prison
Stars & Stripes
ritzheimerJon Ritzheimer, a military veteran who led and recruited others to the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison and must spend another 12 months in a residential re-entry program, a federal judge ordered Thursday.

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