BASF

The chemical conglomerate is the second firm to license CRISPR/Cas9 from the Broad after Monsanto.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Roughly two years after it agreed to pay $518 million for Devgen and its portfolio of agricultural RNAi technologies, Syngenta announced this month that it is collaborating with Australian startup Nexgen to develop virus-resistant crop plants through microRNA targeting.

Australian expressed RNAi firm Benitec Biopharma provided an update on its research and development activities late last month, reporting that it remains on track to move its lead drug candidate, the hepatitis C therapy TT-034, into the clinic as early as this month.

Title: Modified Dicer Polypeptide and Methods of Use Thereof
Patent Number: 8,440,430
Filed: March 18, 2009
Lead Inventor: Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Oakland

Title: RNA Sequence-Specific Mediators of RNA Interference
Patent Number: 8,420,391
Filed: Oct. 4, 2010
Lead Inventor: Thomas Tuschl, Max Planck Institute

Medical Diagnostics Laboratories has been awarded US Patent No. 8,206,930, "Compositions and methods for detecting Borrelia afzelii."
Melanie Feola, Martin Adelson, Eli Mordechai, and Lisa Novak are named as inventors on the patent.

Alnylam said that opponents to the patent included Merck subsidiary Sirna Therapeutics, Silence Therapeutics, Pfizer, and BASF.

The collaborators plan to fund research into the genetic and environmental factors affecting yield, quality, and other characteristics of certain grains.

The agreement between BASF, Genomine, and Postech will focus on discovering genes to help maximize yields in staple food and feed crops such as rice and corn.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.