NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Leaders of the Massachusetts House of Representatives predict they are weeks away from approving $1 billion in subsidies over 10 years to the state’s life sciences sector, following their introduction last week of a revised version of the measure introduced over the summer by Gov. Deval Patrick.

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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.