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Sacramento County Sheriff's Department deputies leave the California home of Joseph James DeAngelo, who last week was arrested on suspicion in a string of violent crimes in the 1970s and 1980s. He was identified using a public database of people's DNA. RICH PEDRONCELLI/AP PHOTO

A chat with the geneticist who predicted how the police may have tracked down the Golden State Killer

Yaniv Erlich, a geneticist at Columbia University, was far from surprised at last week’s news that police may have found a serial murderer and rapist,…

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U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a press conference this morning that announced the indictment of nine Iranians who allegedly stole data from researchers around the world. YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS

Massive cyberhack by Iran allegedly stole research from 320 universities, governments, and companies

Nine Iranians working on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps hacked the computers of 7998 professors at 320 universities around the world over the…

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New studies in rhesus macaques, the main animal model used to study the AIDS virus, are showing the way forward for both a vaccine and a cure. BRENNAN LINSLEY/AP PHOTO

Monkeys reveal new clues toward elusive HIV vaccine and cure

BOSTON—Despite enormous efforts over more than 30 years, HIV/AIDS researchers have yet to develop either a vaccine or cure for the disease. But they have…

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Cynthia, a sex worker who lives near Nairobi, is one of the 13,000 people in Kenya who recently started using pre-exposure prophylaxis. JUOZAS CERNIUS/JHPIEGO

A daily pill can prevent HIV infections. Why don’t more people use it?

BOSTON—There’s no question that a simple regimen of a single daily pill can slash HIV infections in people at risk. But although millions of people…

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Tuberculosis piggybacks on HIV and many people, like this woman in South Africa, wind up hospitalized with life-threatening cases of the curable lung disease. JON COHEN/SCIENCE

New ways to fight HIV and tuberculosis emerge at AIDS conference

BOSTON—Some people naturally handle HIV infection better than others, but only two clear genetic explanations have ever been found. Now, a new study reported here…

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The genome editor CRISPR cuts DNA with help from a guide RNA (green and red) and a Cas9 enzyme (outline) that latches onto a three-base sequence (yellow). KC ROEYER/UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Upgrade makes genome editor CRISPR more muscular, precise

You wouldn’t know it from the excitement generated by the revolutionary genome editing method known as CRISPR, but as practiced now, it is far from…

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