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

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

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.