President-elect Barack Obama is about to name new heads of the CDC and FDA, says this story in the Wall Street Journal. Julie Gerberding will step down as CDC director to be replaced by William Gimson III, the CDC's COO, for the transition.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.