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Genepeeks, a New York-based startup, is preparing to launch a virtual service this December that will simulate hypothetical children based on sperm and ova pairings to allow prospective parents to check for potential diseases such as rare recessive pediatric conditions, BBC News reports.

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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.