By sequencing some 343 strains of Bordetella pertussis collected in 19 different countries between 1920 and 2010, researchers led by Frits Mooi from the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment in The Netherlands constructed a phylogeny for the pathogen, as they report in mBio.

In this whooping cough family tree, the researchers noted a deep, large branch: One of those branches included 98 percent of the strains and arose sometime in the 16th century.

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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.