transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and collaborators this week published data from phase I trials of the siRNA-based transthyretin amyloidosis drugs ALN-TTR01 and ALN-TTR02 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals this week said that it has begun dosing patients in a phase I study of its siRNA-based transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis treatment ALN-TTR02.

Alnylam also released its first-quarter financial results, reporting higher losses and lower revenues.

Specifically, the designation is for the use of the drug against familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy, one of the predominant forms of the disease, Alnylam said.

The company also disclosed that it and partner Cubist Pharmaceuticals have decided to put on hold the development of a second-generation version of Alnylam's respiratory syncytial virus treatment, although no details regarding the decision were provided.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.