NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences and the University of Marburg have joined the RNAi Global Initiative, Thermo Fisher Scientific said today.
Thermo Fisher described the initiative as an effort to pioneer whole-genome RNAi screening and to develop common research standards and share information to advance RNAi gene-silencing techniques.
The Salk Institute for Biological studies is expanding its genome-wide screening center, which will study cancer, metabolism, aging and basic and applied neurobiology, systems biology and plant research, Thermo Fisher said.
A researcher at the University of Marburg will study the MYC oncogene, which plays a role in many human cancers. The Marburg research will include whole-genome siRNA screening to hunt for gene targets that may assist in developing cancer drugs.
The RNAi Global Initiative now counts 23 research institutions in 11 different nations among its members, Thermo Fisher said.