This Week in Cell

In Cell this week, researchers in Spain and Philadelphia used a GENCODE annotations of the human genome to characterize more than 1,000 long noncoding RNAs that are expressed in multiple cell lines, and found an enhancer-like function for a set of the long ncRNAs in human cell lines. "Depletion of a number of ncRNAs led to decreased expression of their neighboring protein-coding genes, including the master regulator of hematopoiesis, SCL (also called TAL1), Snai1 and Snai2," the authors write.

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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.