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Marina Biotech this week announced that the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand said it will grant the company a patent covering its unlocked nucleobase analog technology.

The deal with an undisclosed "major pharmaceutical company" is focused on the evaluation of Marina's proprietary amphoteric liposomal formulations for pulmonary delivery.

According to MDRNA, the application claims siRNAs and delivery systems with therapeutic potential.

New results from the NASA Twins Study indicate that the immune system may rev up when in space, the Washington Post reports.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new science advisor, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

In PNAS this week: whole-genome assembly for the white shark, paper-based microfluidic method for detecting the malaria parasite, and more.

The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.