By Doug Macron

Santaris Pharma last week reported its second-quarter financial results, posting an almost 30 percent drop in its net loss for the three-month period amid a sharp decrease in research and development spending.

Meanwhile, this week, company researchers published data identifying miR-155, an miRNA involved in immune-system regulation, as a possible therapeutic target for chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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