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Mirna Therapeutics this week announced that it has closed a Series C round of financing, raising $34.5 million in what is the microRNA therapeutics field's biggest single round of private investment.

According to Mirna's top official, the cash infusion will give the firm resources enough to advance its lead drug candidate, the liver cancer treatment MRX34, through phase II testing — a key inflection point as these trials are expected to yield solid proof-of-concept data.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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