Over at his bbgm blog, Deepak Singh writes that Google is taking on infectious disease. Through the company's nonprofit arm, a "Predict and Prevent" initiative will use technology to deal with emerging threats. Early goals include identifying disease hot spots and enabling rapid response through data sharing programs.

 

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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.