The Economist announced the winners of its Innovation Awards. In the bioscience category, they recognized Craig Venter, whose discoveries have "opened up the scientific research of the microbial world and how it affects humans," the article says. "Though the monetary value of his work cannot be estimated, many scientists predict that these discoveries may revolutionize personal medicine, pharmaceuticals, and biofuels in coming years."

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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.