This Week in PNAS

In a paper published online in advance in PNAS this week, researchers in Italy and Austria show that "transgene-mediated cosuppression and RNA interference enhance germ-line apoptosis in Caenorhabditis elegans," and hypothesize that the mechanism through which it occurs "may trigger the elimination of germ cells that have undergone viral infection or transposon activation."

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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.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.