The BCW Index gained 1.8 percent for the first half of 2006. After rising a strong 5.3 percent for the first quarter, the Index was dragged down along with other biotech stocks. In comparison, the Nasdaq and Nasdaq Biotech Indexes lost 2.4 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively, over the same time period. The Dow Jones Industrial Average beat the Index, gaining 3.5 percent for the six months ended Monday.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.