While much attention has been focused on the use of microRNAs for diagnostic applications, a number of pharmaceutical firms have been exploring the non-coding RNAs' potential as biomarkers of drug-related toxicity.

However, these efforts are early stage and require additional work before miRNAs could reliably replace traditional biomarkers, according to data presented this week at the Cambridge Healthtech Institute microRNA as Biomarkers and Diagnostics meeting in Boston.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.