US Representative Bart Gordon (D–TN), who chairs the House Science and Technology Committee, mapped out his 2010 legislative agenda, according to ScienceInsider (However, as ScienceInsider says, Gordon has “a legislative batting average that would make a Little Leaguer blush.”) At the top of the agenda is reauthorizing the 2007 America COMPETES Act, which increased the research budgets at DOE, NIST, and NSF and created the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

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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.