RXi Pharmaceuticals said this week that it has closed its acquisition of peptide immunotherapy firm Apthera.

As previously announced, RXi bought the firm for around $7.2 million in order to accelerate its move from a research-based company to a clinical-stage one (GSN 3/31/2011). Among Apthera's assets is the phase II breast cancer treatment NeuVax.

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

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.