This Week in PLoS

In a PLoS One paper published this week, an international research team led by investigators at Wageningen University in the Netherlands reports on the genome of Akkermansia muciniphila, a human gastrointestinal tract microbe "associated with the protective mucus lining of the intestines." In mining 37 GI tract metagenomes, the team found A. miciniphila at a relative abundance between 0.01 percent and 4 percent in all assembled reads.

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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.