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Making RNAi work in therapeutic application is tricky, and here, Derek Lowe reports on a paper published in Nature last week that does a good job demonstrating just how much researchers don't know. They used RNAi to knock down VEGF, whose overactivation leads to macular degeneration.

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The Hastings Center's Erik Parens argues in a Scientific American opinion piece that the current pandemic underscores the need to reconsider the hope placed in genomic medicine. 

The Los Angeles Times writes that Operation Warp Speed has an ambitious timeline for developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australia is launching its trial of preconception carrier testing Tuesday.

In PNAS this week: autosomal genes commonly affected by loss-of-function variants, variants implicated in testis development disorders, and more.