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MDRNA has resized its board of directors from eight to five, the company said this week.

As a result, Steven Quay, Alex Cross, and Jack Pollock have stepped down as board members. All three were board members of MDRNA predecessor firm Nastech Pharmaceutical.

The company's current directors include Chairman Bruce Thaw, Daniel Peters, James Rothman, Gregory Sessler, and President and CEO Michael French.

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In PLOS this week: genetic study of breast cancer in Egyptian families, mutations linked to cleft lip and palate, and more.

Council Bluffs, Iowa, schools are encouraging more girls to pursue STEM courses, according to the Associated Press.

Because of new open-access requirements, Gates Foundation-funded researchers can't publish in some top journals, Nature News reports.

In Science this week: deletion of one microRNA allows pluripotent stem cells to form embryonic and non-embryonic lineages, and more.