This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a team of UK researchers reports on the identification of new factors that regulate the production of human eggs during meiosis. To overcome technical challenges that have limited previous attempts to screen for mammalian meiotic genes, the investigators developed a new RNAi-based method that allows the assessment of the effects of blocking protein expression in nearly 800 preselected genes mediating the cell division process.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.