William Happer, who is thought to be in the running to be President Donald Trump's science advisor, is in favor of clamping down on federal researchers' ability to discuss their findings, the Guardian reports. In addition, the paper notes that while Happer, a physicist at Princeton University, is well regarded, he has likened climate scientists to cult members.

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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.