It's not the usual welcome-to-college package students receive: the incoming freshman class at the University of California, Berkeley, is being given opportunity to take a genetic test, reports the New York Times. The program, which is voluntary and confidential, will test the students' alcohol, lactose, and folate-metabolizing genes and let them know their barcoded results through a website.

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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.