RNAi newcomer Nastech released last week the first in vivo data on its experimental siRNA-based rheumatoid arthritis treatment to come out of its partnership with the Mayo Clinic.

The data, presented at the American College of Rheumatology's annual scientific meeting in San Diego, indicate that the company's RNAi drug is able to stop the production of human TNF-alpha in mouse models of the disease. TNF-alpha is a protein that is over-expressed in certain inflammatory disorders including rheumatoid arthritis.

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Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.

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