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Cequent Begins Long-Term Tox Study with FAP Drug

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Cequent Pharmaceutials said this week that it has begun a long-term toxicology study of its preclinical treatment for familial adenomatous polyposis, dubbed CEQ508.

The drug, which is based on Cequent's proprietary transkingdom RNAi technology, is poised to enter phase I testing this quarter. The company said the toxicology work, which is being conducted in non-human primates, will lay the groundwork for a phase II study to begin in 2011.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.