The Next Quant

Back in the fall, the Harvard Business Review named data scientist as the "The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century," or the new computer engineer or finance quant from the 1980s and 1990s. "If 'sexy' means having rare qualities that are much in demand, data scientists are already there," wrote Thomas Davenport from Harvard Business School and Deloitte Analytics and D.J. Patil from Greylock Partners.

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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.