A duo from the University of Queensland and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has conducted a survey to gauge the costs and benefits of grant writing. As the two report in PLOS One, they asked 113 astronomers and 82 psychologists seeking support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation about their grant-writing history.

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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.