Although RNAi’s future as a therapeutic is uncertain, the technology has been wildly successful as a means for determining gene function. Just about every major drugmaker uses RNAi to support its drug discovery and target validation efforts, and Aventis is no exception.

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In Nature this week: mitochondrial genome of extinct South American ungulate, and more.

Two new Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology studies have largely reproduced the original findings, ScienceInsider reports.

DNA fingerprinting could catch some sample mix-ups at pathology labs, the New York Times says.

In Cell this week: DNA methylation and T cell exhaustion, longevity in C. elegans, and more.