SciLink's Tree of Science, which creates a sort of genealogy of scientists who have worked together, might be the way to find biology's equivalent of an Erdos number, blogs The Daily Transcript's Alex Palazzo. "In any case to figure out the biology equivalent we would need some sort of repository, or even better some navigational network that lets you explore any possible connection. And now we have the perfect application," writes Palazzo.

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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.