What does your spot on the list of authors for a paper mean? And how does that affect your standing in the scientific community? Blogger Coturnix points to a new proposal for author lists to be like a movie's credits. "Each person is listed, some people more than once, and each person's contribution is very well defined," he writes.

GTO wonders what the scientific equivalent to a movie's "best boy" would be.

 

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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.