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.

In PLOS this week: grey wolf population genomics, mutations associated with lung adenocarcinoma survival, and more.

An opinion piece at Bloomberg discusses China's stance on genomic research.

Genetic ancestry testing can affect a person's sense of identity, the New York Times Magazine writes.

Nebula Genomics is launching its genome sequencing service for free for people who provide certain information about themselves, the Boston Globe reports.