For RNAi, 2013 proved to be a year largely marked by incremental successes that, while not always the most attention grabbing, reflect the maturity of the gene-silencing technology and have helped it begin to reignite the interest of big pharma in RNA therapeutics.

It was during the past year that RNAi — indeed, RNA therapeutics in general — "have come of age," Regulus Therapeutics CEO Kleanthis Xanthopoulos told Gene Silencing News. "There is no longer skepticism about whether the … approach works."

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.