NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Dicerna Pharmaceuticals this month confirmed previous guidance on its two drug candidates, the solid tumor therapy DCR-MYC and the primary hyperoxaluria 1 (PH1) treatment DCR-PH1, stating that both agents remain on track to enter new clinical trials later this year and in 2015, respectively.

The newly minted public company also released its financial results for the second quarter, reporting higher losses amid increased research and development spending.

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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.

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