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Australian microRNA drug firm MiReven announced this week the publication of in vitro data validating the role of miR-7-5p in cancer.

Though not as advanced a therapeutic technology as its RNAi cousin, microRNA received a lot of positive attention from the investment community in 2012, with the top companies in the space pulling in nearly $150 million in financing dollars over the past year.

As it awaits the publication of in vitro data from its lead cancer program, Australian microRNA drugs startup MirEven has moved into proof-of-concept animal studies to test various oligo chemistries and delivery technologies, a company executive said this week.

Australian microRNA drug developer Mireven said last week that it has received an additional A$500,000 ($511,000) from early-stage investment group Medical Research Commercialization Fund, bringing the total investment MRCF has made in the company to A$1.1 million.

Silence Therapeutics this week announced that it has struck a deal under which its delivery technologies will be evaluated by Australian microRNA drug developer Mireven for use with its therapeutic candidates.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.

In Nature this week: expansion of disease-resistance genes among long-lived oak trees, and more.