Yissum, the technology-transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Z-Cube, the corporate venture arm of Italian pharmaceutical firm Zambon, said this week that they have signed an agreement to develop and commercialize a nanotechnology drug-delivery system for treating pain.

The technology is the latest to emerge from the laboratory of Hebrew University researcher Elka Touitou, whose drug-delivery research has previously served as the basis for two startup companies.

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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.