This story originally appeared in Biocommerce Week, a newsletter that has been discontinued.
As Rob Friel prepares to take over as CEO of PerkinElmer early next year, he told investors this week that he will continue to focus the company on specific applications rather than on specific technologies and that the firm is likely to proceed with its strategy of making smaller acquisitions.

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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.