Call it a new form of hybrid vigor. Allen Christian, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher, has come up with a new type of RNAi molecule that he says is not only able to silence target genes with greater specificity than siRNAs, but is capable of being introduced into cells without transfection and may be effective against bacterial genes.

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Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

In PNAS this week: gut microbes may affect honeybee weight, phenotype and gene expression changes in DiGeorge syndrome, and more.