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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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GenomeWeb reports that Veritas Genetics is suspending its US operations.

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

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