Go Team!


For all the rah-rah talk about teamwork, teams don’t always have a positive connotation. (I can attest to this as someone always among the last people chosen for dodgeball teams.)

Large-scale biology revolutionized the life sciences, shaking the comfortable model of PIs working by themselves in their labs. Ever since the Human Genome Project, teams have been the vehicle of choice for accomplishing big research programs. In science, if you get 20 or 50 or 100 minds focusing on the same thing, it actually does get done.

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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.