In Nature this week, an international research team led by investigators at the Washington University School of Medicine report its assembly of a draft orangutan genome, which it mapped using short-read sequence data from five Sumatran and five Bornean orangutans.

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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.