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Isis Pharmaceuticals has been named as a defendant in an intellectual property lawsuit filed by biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences against Merck related to a novel hepatitis C therapeutic.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Swedish genomics software firm QIucore said today that it has been awarded €600,000 ($790,000) to develop algorithms to support an international consortium developing diagnostic tests for use in treating and monitoring hepatitis C patients.

Regulus Therapeutics remains on track to filing an investigational new drug application for its microRNA-targeting hepatitis C treatment RG-101 next year, with a second candidate — likely for fibrosis or cancer — to be added to the company's formal pipeline before the end of 2013

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – UK biotech firm Epistem said today that it has received €1.5 million ($2 million) from the European Commission to develop point-of-care diagnostic tests for Hepatitis C as part of a €6 million, international project called the PoC HCV consortium.

Alere President and CEO Ron Zwanziger last week provided investors with an update on the development timeline for a pair of point-of-care nucleic acid testing plartforms, the company's first molecular diagnostics products.

Benitec Biopharma announced last week that it has received a written report confirming a favorable review of a planned phase I/IIa clinical trial for its expressed hepatitis C treatment from the National Institutes of Health’s Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

Laboratory Corporation of America said this week that it is offering Roche's Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HCV test, v2.0.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Abbott's hepatitis C virus genotyping test for marketing in the US, the company said today.

Benitec Biopharma hit two key milestones recently in its effort to advance its expressed RNAi-based hepatitis C treatment TT-034 into the clinic, securing a commitment to sell A$7 million ($6.7 million) of its stock to new and existing shareholders and receiving a favorable revie

Regulus Therapeutics this week announced that it has selected its first drug candidate, RG-101 for the treatment of hepatitis C. However, the company said it will develop the compound on its own despite an ongoing collaboration on the disease with GlaxoSmithKline.

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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.