Elections in Canada earlier this week saw the defeat of Stephen Harper's Conservative government after about a decade in power by Justin Trudeau's Liberal party, an outcome applauded by many scientists, ScienceInsider reports.

"The Liberal party has a strong record in supporting science," Jim Woodgett from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto tells ScienceInsider.

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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.