The Big Questions

There are a lot of outstanding questions and issues, both academic and practical, facing the world, and Harvard University's George Whitesides tells Technology Review that one intellectual question he'd like to better understand is the origin of life — how does something go random chemicals to a "set of reactions that are getting more complicated spontaneously."

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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.