Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee

Benitec Biopharma announced last week that it has received a written report confirming a favorable review of a planned phase I/IIa clinical trial for its expressed hepatitis C treatment from the National Institutes of Health’s Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

Benitec Biopharma hit two key milestones recently in its effort to advance its expressed RNAi-based hepatitis C treatment TT-034 into the clinic, securing a commitment to sell A$7 million ($6.7 million) of its stock to new and existing shareholders and receiving a favorable revie

Benitec Biopharma said this week that it has submitted an application to the National Institutes of Health’s Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, or RAC, detailing the protocol for its proposed phase I trial of the expressed RNAi hepatitis C treatment TT-034.

The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.