If you've had trouble explaining the pros and cons of direct-to-consumer genetic testing to your family, this will help: the Indianapolis Star has a story on the budding field, featuring interviews with people who have signed up for these services as well as with scientists. The story quotes Indiana University geneticist Gail Vance as saying, "People need to understand it's an evolving science. ...

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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.