What should a researcher do if he or she finds something unexpected in the DNA of a human research participang during an experiment? That was one topic of the recent Personal Genomes meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, says Nature News' Erika Check Hayden. What are the ethics of revealing "nasty surprises" to people, Hayden asks. As sequencing an increasing number of genomes becomes more common, this question will come up more and more, Hayden says.

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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.