University of Massachusetts Medical School researcher Victor Ambros has been named a co-recipient of the 2014 Gruber Genetics Prize along with Harvard Medical School's Gary Ruvkun and University of Cambridge's David Baulcombe for their pioneering work on microRNAs and siRNAs.

It was Ambros who in 1989 led work that identified the first miRNA. That research was later expanded upon in collaboration with Ruvkun, who helped show that the small, non-coding RNA repressed specific gene targets.

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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.