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Variants in genes linked to novelty seeking may help birds cope with climate changes, New Scientist reports.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, collected genetic samples from yellow warblers from throughout their North American range. Warblers have already begun to experience local declines in population and are, in some regions, listed as a species of concern, the researchers note.

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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.