Tekmira Pharmaceuticals this week released interim results from an ongoing phase I trial of its siRNA-based cancer treatment TKM-PLK1, which showed the drug to be well tolerated despite an “aggressive” dosing regimen, with some signs of clinical activity.

Tekmira's top official, speaking during a conference call held to discuss the company's second-quarter financial results, also said that the firm remains committed to working with the US Department of Defense should the agency decide to maintain their now-halted Ebola collaboration.

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Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

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