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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.

In PNAS this week: miR-515 levels higher in women with preeclampsia, horizontal gene transfer in parasitic plants, and more.

A cancer researcher retracts 19 articles from one journal for image manipulation, according to Retraction Watch.

Precision medicine has to consider context in addition to genetic mutations in cancer treatment, Medscape reports.

Genomics may help the Cavendish banana from succumbing to fungal infections, a trio of researchers writes at the Conversation.