At Bitesize Bio, blogger Dan rounds up three recent papers from the University of California, Davis in the PLoS journals that caught his fancy. The papers from David Begun’s lab apply population genetics and genomic sequencing to evolutionary biology questions, such as studying coding and non-coding divergences and adaptive and neutral shifts.

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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.