At the White House Science Fair, US President Barack Obama not only admired the projects students presented, but also encouraged more women to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, the New York Times reports.

"Half our team we're not even putting on the field," Obama said at the event. "We've got to change those numbers."

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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.