NIH Boost Sought

A Senate subcommittee approved a $2 billion increase in funding for the US National Institutes of Health for 2017, as GenomeWeb has reported. This would bring the agency's annual budget to $34 billion, a slightly more than a 6 percent increase.

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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.