Galena Biopharma late last month completed its spinout of RNAi drugs subsidiary RXi Pharmaceuticals, ending a year-long saga that included an acquisition, litigation, and a management shakeup that included the loss of RXi's CSO.

RXi also disclosed last week that it has appointed Geert Cauwenbergh, who formerly served as CEO of China's Rhei Pharmaceuticals, as its new president and CEO, marking the fourth change in leadership for the firm in three years.

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Researchers may experience the effects of the government shutdown for a while, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A new study finds that the majority of patients at a Tijuana clinic received a diagnosis after first-line genome sequencing, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

NPR reports that researchers in Italy are testing a gene drive aimed at controlling mosquito populations.

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