AlCana Technologies

By Doug Macron
AlCana Technologies last month denied that its researchers violated non-compete agreements with their former employer, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, as part of a legal claim filed against it by that company.

According to Tekmira, AlCana is an “instrument of Alnylam” used to “escape the licensing and royalty obligations” of the companies' agreements.

Under the terms of the research alliance, which was forged in 2009, Alnylam has the exclusive rights to all new inventions in the RNAi field, as well as rights to sublicense any resulting intellectual property to Alnylam's current and future partners.

Alnylam will have the exclusive rights to all new inventions resulting from the alliance, as well as the rights to sublicense any related intellectual property. Tekmira will have the right to use new inventions with its own RNAi therapeutics.

The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.