NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In Nature Communications today, an international team led by investigators at Johns Hopkins University described both genetic variants and epigenetic shifts associated with peanut allergy in individuals of European descent.

Using samples collected for the Chicago Food Allergy Study, the researchers genotyped more than 1,300 children with one of nine different food allergies, along with one or both of their biological parents.

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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.