In an interview with Gizmodo, artificial intelligence expert Ray Kurzweil says we're very close to reverse-engineering the human brain, and that the design of the brain lies in the genome. According to Gizmodo, Kurzweil says that the three billion base pairs of the human genome can be compressed down to about 50 million bytes and that half of that information deals with the brain. Those 25 million bytes would be about a million lines of code.

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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.