FDA OKs Cequent IND for Oral RNAi Drug | GenomeWeb

Cequent Pharmaceuticals announced this week that its new drug application for an oral RNAi-based treatment for advanced familial adenomatous polyposis has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

FAP is an inherited, colorectal cancer syndrome characterized by the growth of colorectal polyps. Though the polyps are initially benign, they become malignant in nearly all cases in the absence of colectomy, according to the company.

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In PNAS this week: genes involved in histone deacetylation in Arabidopsis, effects of pathogenic presenilin-1 mutations, and more.

After a study finds DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Beijing smog, residents there worry, according to the New York Times.

Canada begins its search for a chief government science advisor, Nature News reports.

A company is using facial recognition tools to identify genetic disorders from pictures, Technology Review reports.