Myriad Genetics and the American Civil Liberties Union are taking the next step in their court battle over the legitimacy of Myriad's BRCA patents. As our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News reports, a US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld Myriad's right to patent the genes, and then declined to rehear the case. The ACLU is now going to the Supreme Court in its bid to get the patents overturned.

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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.