Two bills collectively called the America Innovates Act of 2012 were introduced in Congress, one in the Senate and the other in the House of Representatives, in April that have the potential to help universities that need funding to create spinout companies, says Patent Docs' Kevin Noonan.

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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.