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The company also announced deals for new DNA production and delivery technologies.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Benitec Biopharma this week announced that it has licensed its expressed RNAi technology to Circuit Therapeutics for the development of an intractable pain treatment.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Benitec Biopharma said this week that laboratory data on the first patient dosed in its Phase I/IIa trial its expressed RNAi treatment for hepatitis C indicate that the drug is safe and well tolerated.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Benitec Biopharma this week announced that it is appealing the European Patent Office's recent revocation of a patent covering the company's core expressed RNAi technology, which had been successfully challenged by biotech firm Galapagos and agro-chemical giant BASF.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Benitec Biopharma last week disclosed delays in its efforts to dose patients in a Phase I/IIa trial of its expressed RNAi-based hepatitis C treatment TT-034 and said that it is taking steps to speed subject enrollment.

Biotech firm Amarantus Bioscience has appointed Iain Ross to its board of directors.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – With more interest from industry and investors than ever before, the RNAi therapeutics field has a record number of drug candidates in human testing for indications ranging from viral disease to cancer to skin disorders.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Just months after disclosing that it is reestablishing its American footprint with a laboratory in Northern California, Australia's Benitec Biopharma announced that it has formally arranged for its stock to be traded in the US on the over-the-counter (OTC) market.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Benitec Biopharma last week announced that the European Patent Office has upheld its previous decision to revoke one of the company's core patents based on opposition filed by biotech firm Galapagos and chemical giant BASF.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Amid a recent downturn among biotechnology stocks, shares of the top eight publicly traded RNAi and microRNA drug developers have fared particularly poorly, shedding an average of 37 percent of their value from their year-to-date highs.

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Russian CRISPR researcher moves along with plans to ultimately alter the genes of embryos of deaf couples, though awaits regulatory approval, Nature News reports.

University of California, San Francisco, researchers have uncovered a gene mutations that appears to make a father-son duo more efficient sleepers.

NPR reports a large health insurer has begun to cover some pharmacogenetic tests for psychiatric drugs.

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of non-syndromic orofacial cleft subtypes, epigenetic and transcriptomic analysis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, and more.