Stephen Quake's lab at Stanford has designed a microfluidic device that can be used to isolate a single bacterial cell and sequence its genome, reports Technology Review. Using this new technique to sequence the whole genome of unculturable bacterial cells could provide insight into infectious disease research, according to experts interviewed.

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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.