Word's out on who will lead the US Department of Energy -- home of the Joint Genome Institute -- in the Obama administration: physicist and Nobel laureate Steven Chu, according to this article in the New York Times. Chu is currently director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he has been an advocate for biofuel research, among other things.

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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.