A group of scientists have created induced pluripotent stem cells from skin cells of patients with eight different diseases, reports the BBC. The stem cells, says the article, were created by taking biopsies from patients with diseases such as Huntington's and muscular dystrophy. "Ethical, flexible and not rejected by the patient because it comes from the patient themselves," said the UK National Stem Cell Network's Chris Mason.

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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.