Mirna Therapeutics this week announced that it has closed a Series C round of financing, raising $34.5 million in what is the microRNA therapeutics field's biggest single round of private investment.

According to Mirna's top official, the cash infusion will give the firm resources enough to advance its lead drug candidate, the liver cancer treatment MRX34, through phase II testing — a key inflection point as these trials are expected to yield solid proof-of-concept data.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.