This Week in Science

In Science this week, the journal publishes a letter — released jointly with one in Nature — in which numerous researchers from different institutes outline plans for gain-of-function research on avian influenza viruses. The letter’s authors highlight the risks posed by the viruses and stress the need for additional research such as gain-of-function experiments to better understand issues of immunogenicity, adaptation, drug resistance, transmission, and pathogenicity.

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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.