By Doug Macron

Following years of excitement over the potential of RNAi, 2010 saw the gene-silencing technology become much more a part of the mainstream, especially as a research tool, according to a number of academic and industry players.

Still, there remains much work to be done on the basic biology side if RNAi is to become a therapeutic modality. Meantime, advances in the microRNA field continue to generate interest amid growing evidence of the role of these molecules in human health.

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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.