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USPTO Publishes One RNAi-Related Patent, May 2008

Title: Fc Gamma RIIA-Specific Nucleic Acid Interference
Number: 7,368,559
Filed: Nov. 15, 2004
Lead Inventor: Diana Beardsley, Yale University
The invention “provides methods and compositions for attenuating expression of Fc gamma RIIA,” according to the patent’s abstract. “In general, the described methodology involves the use of RNAi constructs that are targeted to a Fc gamma RIIA mRNA sequence.”

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge is weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.