RNAi Consortium

Despite its relatively low profile since it kicked off its third phase last spring, the Broad Institute's RNAi Consortium is proceeding apace, although its mission has expanded beyond its initial focus of just RNAi.

The publication comes as the RNAi Consortium looks to expand its work beyond gene silencing to include gain-of-function research.

While the exact goals of the so-called TRC3 have yet to be defined, the initiative expects that these will include the expansion of its scope to include reagents targeting non-coding RNAs.

 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.