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Dutch gene therapy firm UniQure and academic collaborators have been awarded a three-year grant worth €2.5 million ($3.2 million) from the European Commission to develop a treatment for Huntington’s disease that combines RNAi and gene replacement.

With the new funding, UniQure now aims to be able to advance the therapy into phase I testing in 2016 as it joins a growing list of companies looking to use RNA drugs to treat the disease.

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Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

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