In Genome Research this week, NHGRI's Gary Temple details the progress of the Mammalian Gene Collection, an effort to clone every human and mouse gene with a RefSeq transcript and at least 6,200 rat genes. Scientists used directed RT-PCR cloning and DNA synthesis to clone 92 percent of human and 89 percent of mouse genes with RefSeq transcripts, in addition to more than 6,300 rat genes.

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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.