The non-profit La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology said last week that it has licensed to MedImmune the intellectual property rights to a discovery that could serve as the basis for a new biologic treatment for asthma.

If MedImmune can develop and market a drug based on the discovery, it could be a financial boost to the La Jolla Institute, which established a dedicated tech-transfer department in 2007 as part of an institute-wide effort to diversify its revenue sources before funding from sole corporate sponsor, Kirin Pharma USA, dries up in 2010.

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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.