Freeloaders Guide To GSAC 2000


There’s an upside to all the marketing hype.


Some people grumble about what a circus the annual Genome Sequencing and Analysis Conference has become. Old-timers, nostalgic for the early days when genomics was a tiny, new field, say their annual meeting has become too large, too impersonal, too expensive, and too industry-driven. Some complain about marketing pitches disguised as science in the lecture hall.

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The New York City medical examiner is overseeing an effort to identify missing persons using DNA, according to the Associated Press.

Nobel laureate Günter Blobel has died at 81, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.