All the Bugs

At Wee Beasties, blogger Kevin Bonham notes the increasing evidence that microbes, particularly gut microbes, play a large role in health and disease. Previously, studying these organisms was difficult, as many of them cannot easily be grown outside the body, but with sequencing tools getting at these microbes has become a bit easier.

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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.