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The study will combine cognitive assessments with genetic data and survey responses to gain insights into the causes of these two mental health conditions.

Dutch gene therapy firm UniQure and academic collaborators have been awarded a three-year grant worth €2.5 million ($3.2 million) from the European Commission to develop a treatment for Huntington’s disease that combines RNAi and gene replacement.

Participating vendors are being asked to build fully functional platforms for next-generation sequence data storage and analysis.

Although Lundbeck's foray into the RNAi drugs scene is modest compared with investments made by other pharmas, it comes at a time when many of those firms have put the brakes on their commitment to the approach.

While a handful of pricey deals have dominated the headlines, a handful of other companies over the past year have formed more modest collaborations to see whether they can take advantage of RNAi as a therapeutic modality.

Lundbeck will use Intomics' data analysis and systems biology expertise and tools to analyze drug development data.

Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.