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Investigators from Arrowhead Research this week published data on a novel strategy of administering a cholesterol-conjugated siRNA payload independently from its delivery vehicle, showing that the co-delivery method can achieve significant gene target knockdown in non-human prima

The program will run through 2012 and provide eligible labs with $5,000, $3,000, or $2,000 worth of Mirus products, as well as technical support.

Meanwhile, the Swiss drugs and diagnostics giant is taking a measured approach to the related but nascent microRNA field, exploring partnerships with key miRNA companies and doing a certain amount of research on its own, yet keeping most of its attention focused on RNAi.

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The unit was created last year through Roche's $125 million cash acquisition of Mirus Bio.

Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

In Science this week: gut microbiome influences liver cancer growth, spread; and more.