For all the talk about personalized medicine, there’s one ingredient we can all agree is absolutely essential before that can happen: lots and lots of sequence data. But at the current cost of sequencing genomes — just producing a high-quality draft of a mammalian genome costs $25 million, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute — it’s clear it’ll take a long time and a lot of money to accumulate the information required for doctors to prescribe treatments based on an individual’s unique genetic profile.

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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.