This Week in Science

In this week's Science, three international research groups reported new details on epigenetic factors that trigger the development of different components of the immune system. In the first paper, a group led by Radboud University's Hendrik Stunnenberg documents various epigenetic changes that prompt monocytes to transition into different types of macrophages with distinct immune functions.

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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.