In Nature this week, Peter Fiske writes that too many young scientists put themselves at a disadvantage by adopting a passive voice both in their writing, and in their career development initiatives. Though science publishing has traditionally favored the passive voice — "10 µL of buffer was added," rather than "we added 10 µL of buffer" — Fiske writes that more young scientists have begun to employ a more active tone in their manuscripts.

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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.