NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Canadian biopharmaceutical firm BiOasis last week announced that it has thrown its hat into the RNAi therapeutics ring and aims to advance an siRNA-based drug into Phase I testing before the end of next year.

While BiOasis hasn't made a final decision on what will be its first RNAi candidate, the firm recently presented limited data showing that its delivery technology could successfully carry siRNAs targeting Nox4, a gene involved in the generation of reactive oxygen species, across the blood-brain barrier (BBB).

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Germany's Project DEAL has come to an agreement with the publisher Wiley over journal access and open-access publishing, ScienceInsider reports.

Researchers uncover additional loci associated with lifespan, which the Telegraph says could be folded into a genetic test.

A Canadian panel recommends public coverage of the gene therapy Kymriah if its cost comes down, the Globe and Mail reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: new accurate quantification by sequencing approach, CNV breakpoints in Plasmodium falciparum, and more.

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