This Week in PLOS

A pair of PLOS One studies led by investigators at Duke University describes gene expression signatures in host blood that correspond with specific viral or bacterial infections. For the first of these, researchers tracked down similar, but slightly different, blood gene expression patterns associated with those with symptomatic H1N1 and H3N2 influenza A infection.

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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.