By Doug Macron

Amid preliminary signs that the US economy is in recovery, shares of MDRNA and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals have experienced strong gains since the beginning of the year, significantly outperforming the nearly 11 percent rise in the bellwether Nasdaq Biotechnology Index.

Not all of the public, pure-play RNAi shops have fared so well, however; both Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and RXi Pharmaceuticals have seen their stocks drop since the start of 2009.

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