This Week in PNAS

A consortium of scientists from Yale and EMBL, among others, used high-resolution analysis to study the genetics of Down syndrome in a paper published in the early online edition of PNAS this week. The scientists created a genetic map for 30 patients with rare segmental trisomies of various regions of HSA21 and found regions of 1.8 Mb -16.3 Mb likely to be involved in the development of eight of the cases, confirming the role of a single consensus region in causing severe Down syndrome.

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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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