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RXi also broke out its financial results for 2010 in the filing, reporting a drop in its net loss amid lower research and development spending. The company said, however, that it anticipates its expenses to increase going forward on NeuVax-related expenses.

RXi bought the firm for around $7.2 million in order to accelerate its move from a research-based company to a clinical-stage one.

RXi's pending acquisition of Apthera will also enable the company to explore the combination of its RNAi technologies with Apthera's peptide know-how, RXi's CEO said.

The deal gives RXi a late-stage peptide immunotherapy for breast cancer and marks a shift in strategy that nudges the company from its previous focus as a pure-play RNAi shop.

An opinion piece in the New York Times urges lawmakers to keep genetic protections in place.

Research funding in Canada is to remain mostly the same, ScienceInsider reports.

In Science this week: random DNA replication errors play role in cancer, and more.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation embarks on an open-access publishing path.