Apthera

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.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.