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"I've been absolutely blown away by the microRNA field and the way it's blossomed," University of Massachusetts Medical School researcher and Nobel laureate Craig Mello said. "There is just one story after another [showing that] microRNAs … are very critical to many aspects of either disease or development."

The company said it is working with the City of Hope to investigate the vector-based delivery of an anti-HIV RNA cocktail composed of pHIV7, an shRNA targeting an exon in HIV-1 tat/rev, and a Tar decoy.

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Wisconsin's BioForward names Renk as executive director; Douglas to lead BioInnovation Institute; City of Hope promotes general counsel staffers; Greenberg Traurig's Dykeman joins MLSC task force; and Alta Partners promotes Alexander and Tomasi

This is the second vaccine-development partnership struck between Advaxis and City of Hope in as many years, further cementing an ongoing and mutually beneficial research partnership between the company and the cancer research center, according to an Advaxis executive.

For labs looking to complement — and, in some cases, replace — gene expression microarrays with RNA-seq, data analysis remains a major hurdle.

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The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

In PLOS this week: similar variants seen in bullbogs, people with Robinow syndrome; ApoE genotypes in African-American, Puerto Rican populations; and more.