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A company official also provided additional details on Alnylam's choice of PCSK9 over apoB as the target for its cholesterol program, indicating that safety concerns played a role in the decision.

News Scan: Mar 13, 2009

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Still, the company remains optimistic about therapeutic RNAi and continues target-identification efforts in preparation for when it raises the funds necessary to begin new programs incorporating the gene-silencing technology.

At the public meeting, speakers from groups representing employers and employees pointed out the need for the EEOC to clarify "inadvertent acquisition" of genetic information under which employers would not be held in violation of the law and to provide specific examples of the types of genetic information linked to "manifested diseases" which the law does not protect.

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Anthony Gregg, the outgoing president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, has resigned after using racially insensitive language. 

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