Alnylam Pharmaceuticals last week announced positive results from the phase II trial of its siRNA-based respiratory syncytial virus therapy ALN-RSV01, calling the data the “first human proof of concept for an RNAi therapeutic.” However, two industry insiders have raised issues that cast doubt on the accuracy of the claim, including the possibility that the trial results may not have been entirely due to an RNAi effect.
 

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

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