When Lord John Krebs, chairman of the Lords’ Science and Technology committee in the UK, warned that cutting science funding could lead to a “brain drain,” many in the government and media accused him of “crying wolf,” says University of Sheffield vice-chancellor Keith Burnett in the New Scientist.

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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.