In a three-hour R&D presentation held in New York this week, Alnylam said it will advance its "pandemic" flu candidate with funding from a US government agency [see related story].

The company said it expects to submit an investigational new drug application "as early as the end of 2006" for an RNAi-based compound that will be designed to treat and prevent a wide array of influenza-related diseases.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.