Researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center have published a method of non-invasive prenatal diagnosis using massively parallel sequencing-by-ligation on the Life Technologies SOLiD 4 platform.

The team is now trying to validate the technique with the aim of implementing it as a screening test available across the Netherlands, though this will likely not be achieved for several years, according to Joris Veltman, an advisor to the researchers and a colleague at Nijmegen's Department of Human Genetics.

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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.