NEW YORK, Feb 13 – Ariad Pharmaceuticals received a patent for a method to control gene expression in humans and other animals, the company said Tuesday.

The technology uses small molecules to regulate the extent of gene activation. It is part of Ariad’s Argent gene regulation system, a gene regulation technology designed for high throughput analysis of in vitro and in vivo gene function, and " dose-dependent control” of gene and cell therapy products, Ariad said.

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