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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The New York Times reports that as China invests in science, it also is dealing with research fraud.

In PLOS this week: transcriptome study of a cold-tolerant plant, deep sequencing of clinical influenza A samples, and more.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a man who lived in China some 40,000 years ago, according to UPI.

The Atlantic writes that retrotransposons like BovB have proliferated in a number of genomes.