In the Journal of the National Cancer Institute this week, NCI and NIH researchers present their findings on a study of the effects of brain- and tumor-derived connective tissue growth factor on glioma invasion. CTGF has been previously implicated in cancer metastasis and invasion. For this study, the team harvested highly infiltrative patient-derived glioma tumor-initiating cells and tumor stem cells and analyzed a CTGF-induced signal transduction pathway.

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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.