NEW YORK, May 26 (GenomeWeb News) - The US National Institutes of Health last week said it is considering to organize and launch a "very large prospective population-based study of genes and environment."

Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute, said his center has brought together a "working group of geneticists, statisticians, epidemiologists, and ethicists ... to begin exploratory planning."

 

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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.

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