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.

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.