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Marina Biotech announced last week that it has closed its Cambridge, Mass., operations and is consolidating all of its research and development activities at its Bothell, Wash. headquarters.

The drug uses orally delivered attenuated Escherichia coli to transcribe shRNAs targeting beta-catenin, an oncogene that plays a role in the development of colorectal polyps that characterize the disease.

The drug is currently being tested in a phase Ia/IIb study.

Through the transaction, MDRNA will gain Cequent's orally delivered transkingdom RNAi technology, which involves using attenuated Escherichia coli to transcribe therapeutic shRNAs.

The data, which were presented at this year's American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, represent initial findings from the company's in-house effort to knock down multiple genes simultaneously and a collaboration related to multi-drug resistance of cancer cells.

In an against-all-odds twist, a researcher studying exceeding rare FOXG1 mutations discovers her daughter has the syndrome.

An effort by Genomics Medicine Ireland is creating a database of diseases based on the genomics of people in Ireland. It now is looking into the possibility of including Scotland in its work.

In recent weeks, the direct-to-consumer genetics firm has rolled out a health hub where customers can share information concerning 18 common health conditions.

In PLOS this week, new genes associated with prostate cancer risk, genetic patterns in M. bovis, and more.