Biotech tool companies whose technologies are used in early-stage drug discovery are in for a long, cold winter.

R&D spending among some big biopharmas will grow at a slower clip as they struggle to rein in spending, according to a report by investment bank Stephens. And in what may portend a bleaker future for genomic-tool companies, what little cash is allotted for new drug-discovery technology will likely go to later-stage tools.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.