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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals researchers last month published details on the company’s efforts to improve lipid nanoparticles for RNAi drug delivery.

Just days before they were scheduled to go to trial, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals announced that they have hammered out a settlement to their protracted patent-infringement and technology-misappropriation lawsuits.

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals' CEO this week provided an update on the company's ongoing litigation with partner Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, confirming that a roughly one-year-old technology-misappropriation lawsuit could be resolved before the end of 2012.

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals said this week that it has secured a $3 million loan, extending its cash runway into 2013.

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals this week announced that it has filed a notice of civil claim in the Supreme Court of British Columbia alleging that “certain individuals” from AlCana Technologies wrongly took “thousands of confidential documents” containing Tekmira information and trade

Alnylam charged Tekmira with wrongly using trade secrets to bolster its own drug delivery technology-development efforts and to file a patent application on Alnylam's phase I liver cancer drug.

During a presentation to investors last week, CEO John Maraganore highlighted the company's collaborations with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and AlCana, but notably made no mention of partner Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, which sued Alnylam earlier in the year.

In PLOS this week: nasal microbial communities in asthma patients; sequencing-based way to detect, track schistosomiasis; and more.

The New York Times speaks with Vanderbilt's John Anthony Capra about Neanderthal genes in modern humans.

A draft guidance from the FDA suggests the agency wants to more tightly control gene-edited animals, according to Technology Review.

Researchers were among this weekend's protesters bemoaning the new US administration, Vox reports.