Many academic and private-sector RNAi researchers believe that HIV is one of the most promising targets for RNAi-based therapeutic intervention. One of these is Irvin Chen, director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, who has recently begun testing a stem cell-based RNAi treatment in monkeys, and presented in vitro data at the first meeting of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society last week in New York City.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.