Researchers have uncovered three genes that influence whether someone can be obese, but still healthy, the Guardian reports. People who are obese are typically at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and liver disease, but some 15 percent to 20 percent of obese people don't have any such health issues, it adds.

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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.