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In an advance, online publication of Nature this week, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison report that "small regulatory RNAs inhibit RNA polymerase II during the elongation phase of transcription." They show that "gene nuclear RNAi defective-2 (nrde-2) encodes an evolutionarily conserved protein that is required for siRNA-mediated silencing in nuclei." The team suggests that their results "demonstrate that metazoan siRNAs can silence nuclear-localized RNAs co-trans

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.