In June the annual BIO meeting returned to San Francisco, the city many would call the birthplace of biotechnology, and the pageantry was palpable. The world’s largest representative of the biotech industry was excited about showcasing the field’s accomplishments since 1995, when BIO last held its annual meeting in the city, and the 16,000-odd attendees swarmed the sessions and exhibit hall, drawn from one colorfully extravagant regional pavilion to another.

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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.