Well, knock GTO over with a feather: we never thought we'd see the day that "RNA interference" made it into a Wall Street Journal headline. This article reports on recent results from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals' human trial for its RNAi-based drug for respiratory syncytial virus. The story quotes Alnylam CEO John Maraganore as saying, "This is really the first moonwalk for RNAi therapeutics." Michael Jackson would be so proud.

 

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.