The University of Illinois has canceled plans to host a talk by Nobel Laureate James Watson after faculty raised concerns about his discredited views on race and intelligence. Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson says the center dropped plans to host the scientist before a date had even been set.
An effort to identify the remains of young men murdered by serial killer John Wayne Gacy in the 1970s has led to a break in an unrelated case. That of a previously unidentified teenager found shot to death in San Francisco 36 years ago.
DNA has helped exonerate more than 300 people in the US. Among the most recent was Christopher Abernathy, freed last week from a northern Illinois prison where he served almost 30 years for rape and murder.