Employing the tools of gene therapy, Sunnyvale, Calif. startup Avocel is determined to make a place for itself in the RNA interference therapeutics arena.

By the end of next year, the company wants to file an application for an RNAi-based investigational new drug to treat hepatitis C, and to start a clinical trial by early 2006, according to Sara Cunningham, a company co-founder and its vice president of intellectual property and business development.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.