By Doug Macron

Santaris Pharma this week released new data from an ongoing phase IIa study of its microRNA-targeting hepatitis C treatment miravirsen, showing that the drug is well tolerated and can trigger “continuous and prolonged” antiviral activity that extends beyond the time of active treatment.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

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