NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific said this week that it has established a grant program to award life science researchers more than $400,000 in RNA-interference reagents. The firm said that the Thermo Scientific Discovery Grant Program will include various siRNA, shRNA, and microRNA reagents from its Dharmacon and Open Biosystems RNAi technology portfolios.

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