By Doug Macron

Just six months after transforming itself into a drug developer focused on both RNAi and cancer immunotherapies, RXi Pharmaceuticals said this week that it will spin out its activities with the gene-silencing technology into a new publicly traded company.

The new RNAi firm will retain the RXi name, while the other half of the company's operations, which will focus solely on the immunotherapy activities, will be conducted as Galena Biopharma.

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Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.