Alnylam Pharmaceuticals' announcement last week that it was pursuing development of an RNAi-based drug for the treatment and prevention of highly pathogenic influenza (see RNAi News, 5/27/2005) caught many people's attention for a number of reasons, not least of which are the company's high profile in the RNAi space and the growing concern over a possible human outbreak of avian flu.

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A genome-wide association study highlights a potential role for hair follicles in acne risk, according to New Scientist.

Newsday reports that breast cancer genetic testing guidelines for are out of date and may miss individuals.

In Cell this week: gene editing-based strategy to screen for immune system regulators, ancient plague patterns, and more.

Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.