Waseda University has announced that it has rescinded Haruko Obokata's doctoral degree, Retraction Watch reports. Obokata was the first author on the 2014 Nature papers, since retracted, that purported to show that stimuli like low pH could revert cells to an embryonic stem cell-like state.

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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.