As researchers are lauded this week with the announcements of this year's Nobel laureates, Vinay Prasad from Oregon Health and Science University argues at the New York Times that such prizes honor researchers who least need such recognition and downplay how advances in science build upon one another.

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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.