At Discovering Biology in a Digital World, Sandra Porter blogs about the excitement, adventure, and stomach-churning nerves that go along with starting a new company. Her startup aims "to develop instructional materials that help students and researchers use biological data," she writes, noting that a principal concern is getting people to pay for these materials.

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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.