Biologists aren't the only ones who are extracting DNA. On her blog, Hsien-Hsien Lei posted a video from metacafe on how to do at-home DNA extractions. Using salt, water, and rubbing alcohol dangerously close to his computer keyboard, the star of the video ends up with stringy white clumps that look kind of like DNA.

We're left waiting, though, for a video on how to do sequencing at home.

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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.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.