Sylentis announced this week that it has completed a phase Ia study of its siRNA-based glaucoma drug SYL040012.

The drug targets adrenergic receptor beta-2 and is delivered topically to the eye. Gene Silencing News first reported in April that the trial had been concluded and that SYL040012 proved to be both safe and well tolerated (GSN 4/1/2010).

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.