A new report compiled by education advocacy groups, entitled "The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States," says the US government should make it a priority to financially aid students who want to study for graduate degrees to "keep the country from losing its competitive edge in a global economy," reports The Chronicle of Higher Education's Audrey Williams June.

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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.