23andMe's 23andWe team has published a paper in PLoS Genetics on their "Web-based" and "participant-driven" research approach. In it, they report that they "found novel associations for hair curl, freckling, photic sneeze reflex, and the ability to smell the urinary metabolites of asparagus" as well as replicated previous findings.

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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.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.