Alnylam Pharmaceuticals last week published preclinical data describing the development of a dendritic cell cancer vaccine enhanced with RNAi.

According to the company, its researchers and collaborators from Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre designed siRNAs toward PD-L1 and PD-L2, which are “key co-inhibitory proteins expressed on antigen-presenting cells that strongly limit activation of T-cells needed for a potent immune response to the tumor.”

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.