By Doug Macron

TransDerm, which is developing an siRNA-based treatment for a rare skin disorder, has begun evaluating a variety of different drug-delivery technologies that it hopes will improve the performance of the drug that was observed in a recent phase Ib study.

This week, the company announced that it has formed a research alliance with RXi Pharmaceuticals to evaluate RXi's proprietary RNAi compounds, including its so-called self-delivering rxRNAs, in dermatology models.

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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

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