For the second time in two years, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell is asking state legislators to spend $500 million to generate more biotechnology activity in the state.
 
But with lawmakers concerned about what they consider already to be high state spending for biotech, the prospects for Rendell’s proposed Jonas Salk Legacy Fund are uncertain at best.
 

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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.