About 60 percent of the people the Trump Administration has nominated to science-related posts do not have advanced degrees in a science or health field, according to number crunching by the Associated Press. By contrast, it notes that 60 percent of individuals in those positions during the Obama Administration did have such degrees.

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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.