NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $35 million to fund a number of new research projects focused on discoveries about how microbes interact in the oceans and how they affect ecosystems.

The Moore Foundation said this week that the 16 grants awarded under its Marine Microbiology Initiative will fund innovative investigators seeking to understand how the trillions of microbes in the oceans affect the flow of nutrients in the waters and how they may impact larger phenomena, such as climate change.

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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.