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Measuring miRNA Isn't So Hard Anymore...

Researchers at the Mitchell Cancer Institute compared expression stabilities of miRNA from fresh frozen and formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples, providing first-time evidence that FFPE samples might be used to study miRNA expression in cancer and other diseases. Using high-throughput, locked nucleic acid-based miRNA arrays and miRNA qRT-PCR analysis, they found that the two showed good correlation and that among 40 colorectal cancer FFPE samples, there was no significant difference of miRNA expression. Their published research can be found in RNA.

 

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.