ProPublica – A federal judge this week unsealed the source code for a software program developed by New York City’s crime lab, exposing to public scrutiny a disputed technique for analyzing complex DNA evidence.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – The updated recommendations emphasize that it is important for pediatric health care providers to assess risk of congenital Zika virus infection and to communicate closely with obstetrical providers.
US Food and Drug Administration – Yescarta, a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, is the second gene therapy approved by the FDA and the first for certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
NPR – The Justice Department said Tuesday that it has indicted two Chinese nationals suspected of manufacturing and then distributing in the U.S. a synthetic opioid that officials say kills thousands of Americans every year.
Occupational Health and Safety – The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health announced that it is launching a Center for Occupational Robotics Research to assess potential benefits and risks of robot workers and develop guidance for safe interactions between humans and robots.
NPR – Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., has withdrawn his name from consideration as America's drug czar. Marino is stepping back days after reports that legislation he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.
Washington Post – Amid a targeted lobbying effort, Congress weakened the DEA’s ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related deaths continue to rise, a Washington Post and ‘60 Minutes’ investigation finds.