The discussion that started with a federal court overturning two gene patents continues as the biotech industry, researchers and lawyers debate the merits of the decision, the chances of an appeal, and the future of genetic research. As the debate continues, some say it's not really a big deal, and the emerging consensus is that this ruling may actually be a good thing if it forces companies to think outside the patent box and start innovating again.

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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.