Despite encouraging preclinical safety and efficacy data for its RNAi-based hepatitis C treatment, Somagenics has decided to step back from its previous plan to push the agent into phase I testing this year as it waits to see how more advanced small-molecule therapies fare in late-stage clinical trials, a company official said this week.

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