This story has been updated to include Silence's financial results for the first six months of 2009.

Britain's Silence Therapeutics this week confirmed that it is in merger talks with an undisclosed party and has temporarily suspended trading of its shares.

Silence also released its financial results for the first six months of 2009, which show a rise in revenues and a drop in research and development costs following the completion of preclinical work on the company's lead RNAi drug candidate.

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