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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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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