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The Broad Institute also announced announced a setback in proceedings over a CRISPR patent application filed in Europe.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Benitec Biopharma this week announced that it is appealing the European Patent Office's recent revocation of a patent covering the company's core expressed RNAi technology, which had been successfully challenged by biotech firm Galapagos and agro-chemical giant BASF.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Benitec Biopharma last week announced that the European Patent Office has upheld its previous decision to revoke one of the company's core patents based on opposition filed by biotech firm Galapagos and chemical giant BASF.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals this week announced that the European Patent Office has upheld a company patent related to chemically modified siRNAs and their ability to downregulate target genes via RNAi.

Marina Biotech this week said that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance for three of the company's patent applications related to its delivery technologies.

Rosetta Genomics this week announced that it has received a patent allowance from the European Patent Office for claims related to the use of microRNA-34a for the treatment of p53-negative cancers.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Dutch agricultural genetics firm KeyGene today said that its patent pertaining to plant breeding has been upheld in Europe.

Silence Therapeutics last week publicly took issue with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals' claims regarding a European patent opposition, stating that the European Patent Office had limited the “scope and ambiguity” of an Alnylam-controlled patent.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and the University of Massachusetts Medical School last week announced that the European Patent Office has upheld the claims in a patent from the key Tuschl-I family of intellectual property, which covers the use of siRNAs to induce gene silencing.

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The New York City medical examiner is overseeing an effort to identify missing persons using DNA, according to the Associated Press.

Nobel laureate Günter Blobel has died at 81, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.