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Veritas Bio, a biotechnology holding company established by two co-founders of expressed RNAi firm Nucleonics, said this week that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance on a patent application covering a novel liver-directed RNAi delivery technology.

Arrowhead Research said this week that its preclinical hepatitis B treatment ARC-520 was found to trigger a greater than 90 percent reduction in circulating HBV DNA in a chimpanzee chronically infected with the virus.

Shares of Benitec Biopharma resumed trading on the Australian Stock Exchange this week after the company announced that it had closed a A$800,000 ($821,760) private placement that it said would give it resources enough to fund a clinical trial of its recently reacquired hepatitis

Arrowhead Research this week published preclinical data demonstrating that its lead hepatitis B drug candidate, dubbed ARC-520, could silence the hepatitis B virus in rodents for up to one month after a single dose.

Arrowhead Research's top executive this week broke out details on the company's efforts to move its RNAi-based hepatitis B virus treatment ARC-520 into the clinic, stating that the firm will run two phase I trials in order to speed up the generation of key human data.

Researchers from the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology this week published research suggesting that the suppression of a specific microRNA by the hepatitis B virus is responsible for the cancer growth and metastasis that is sometimes caused by the infection.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK's Medical Research Council has awarded £10.6 million ($17.1 million) to three new multi-partner projects that plan to develop genome-based personalized medicine approaches to treating rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis, and Gaucher disease.

Dutch gene therapy firm UniQure threw its hat into the RNAi ring this week, announcing that it has picked up non-exclusive access to Benitec Biopharma's proprietary expressed RNAi technology for use with its nascent Huntington's disease program.

Investigators from Arrowhead Research this week published data on a novel strategy of administering a cholesterol-conjugated siRNA payload independently from its delivery vehicle, showing that the co-delivery method can achieve significant gene target knockdown in non-human prima

The primary motivation for PerkinElmer's acquisition of Chinese infectious disease diagnostic firm Shanghai Haoyuan Biotech, announced this week, is to provide the Waltham, Mass.-based firm entrée into the nucleic acid-based blood screening market, company executives said this we

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Public health experts call for a transparent COVID-19 vaccine approval process in a letter; the Food and Drug Administration commissioner assures science-based approval.

The Verge reports that new gene-naming guidelines aim in part to avoid Excel-related name change confusion.

In Nature this week: tuatara genome sequence aids in understanding amniote evolution, and more.

According to the Guardian, UK virologists say in a letter to officials that their expertise has been pushed aside in COVID-19 response plans.