The Wellcome Trust has awarded the Sanger Institute more than £7 million and appointed a new leader. Former HUGO President Leena Peltonen will, they hope, help the institute marshal in a new era of disease-focused genetic research, according to this news article. Peltonen will take the reins as head of human genetics next month.

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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.