The Scientist columnist Glenn McGee describes how he was swayed to help formulate an online bioethics course while at the Science Foo Camp (from “Socrates would not teach ethics on the Internet” to “I forgot Socrates and wanted to meet Steve Jobs”).

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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.