The National Institutes of Health last month said that roughly $2.5 million has been earmarked to fund projects using oligonucleotide-based methods of gene modification, chiefly RNAi, to research the prevention and treatment of oral and craniofacial disorders.

“The primary objective of [the two-year funding opportunity] is to enhance translational research … by harnessing oligonucleotide-based approaches such as RNA interference to modify the expression of genes associated with oral, dental, and craniofacial diseases and disorders,” the NIH says.

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