Perhaps trying to keep the Jenny McCarthys of the world at bay, the World Health Organization took time out to announce that "the swine flu virus did not result from a laboratory accident" despite "rumors started by an Australian virologist," according to the New York Times. WHO Deputy Director Keiji Fukuda is quoted as saying, "We took this very seriously. ... But the evidence suggests that this is a naturally occurring virus, not a laboratory-derived virus."

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A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

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.