By Doug Macron

While recently announced plans
by three key big pharmas to alter their therapeutic RNAi efforts raised red flags for many industry watchers, many alliances for the gene-silencing technology remain ongoing.

Among these is a deal between Dicerna Pharmaceuticals and Japan's Kyowa Hakko Kirin, announced this week, that expands their drug-development partnership to include work in immunologic and inflammatory diseases.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.