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By Doug Macron

RXi Pharmaceuticals this week said that it has struck two separate deals, one with Mirna Therapeutics and one with Miragen Therapeutics, to evaluate its proprietary RNAi molecules, dubbed rxRNAs, as therapeutic microRNA mimics.

And while RXi continues to bill itself as an RNAi drug developer, a company official indicated this week that the firm may expand its focus into the miRNA field as it works to meet its goal of defining its areas of therapeutic interest by the end of the second quarter.

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