By Matt Jones

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Senate yesterday passed a bill that would fundamentally shift the country's patent culture by converting to a first-to-file from a first-to-invent system, creating a post-grant review process, and essentially harmonizing the system with common international practices.

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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.

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