By Julia Karow

The National Human Genome Research Institute plans to fund the development of new DNA sequencing technologies with $9.5 million in new grants next year under its "Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies — The $1,000 Genome" program, according to a funding opportunity announcement from NIH last week.

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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.