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Thermo Fisher Scientific this week announced that it will acquire Life Technologies for $13.6 billion in a deal that will bring together two of the largest providers of RNAi research products into a single entity.

While few details about the plaintiff in the case, PSN Illinois, were available, court filings indicate that the company has initiated numerous and varied patent-infringement suits in recent years.

According to Whitehead, Alnylam and Max Planck's request to block the case represents an "eleventh hour … rush into court to seek emergency relief from a situation of their own making," and should therefore be denied.

Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.