From the Economist, here's an article about how genomic variation affects people's immunity to infectious disease. In particular, the article follows scientists who believe they have found an example of "a disease that was thought to be purely infectious but which has turned out to be purely monogenic—that is, under the control of a single gene." Single genes appear to have such control in a number of diseases, including leprosy and herpes simplex, according to the article.

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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.