Tekmira Pharmaceuticals announced last week that it has begun a phase I study of its siRNA-based treatment for hypercholesterolemia.

The company first reported that it had received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to begin testing the drug, called ApoB SNALP, in May (see RNAi News, 5/7/2009).

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Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

In PNAS this week: gut microbes may affect honeybee weight, phenotype and gene expression changes in DiGeorge syndrome, and more.