According to a comparative survey, the National Venture Capital Association found that the "liquidity drought for venture-backed startups is so bleak" it's being called a crisis, reports Tech Crunch. There were no venture-backed IPOs in the second quarter of 2008, and the last time this happened in a quarter was in 1978. Last quarter there were only five IPOs worth $283 million compared to 43 of them during the first half of 2007 for $6.3 billion.

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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.

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