Despite encouraging preclinical safety and efficacy data for its RNAi-based hepatitis C treatment, Somagenics has decided to step back from its previous plan to push the agent into phase I testing this year as it waits to see how more advanced small-molecule therapies fare in late-stage clinical trials, a company official said this week.

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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.