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City officials last week began reviewing the request to rezone land north of Beal's One Kendall Square mixed-use complex into a separate project featuring more lab and other commercial uses, and less residential space, than the city now allows.

IP Update: Mar 12, 2009

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USPTO Publishes Eight RNAi-Related Patent Applications

Strands: Mar 12, 2009

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Rosetta Genomics, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The cells, derived from patients with sporadic Parkinson's disease, remained pluripotent, and revealed a gene-expression profile that more closely resembled human embryonic stem cells than human iPS cells still carrying the reprogramming factors.

The deal brings to six the number of academic institutions from which Fate has licensed IP related to using small molecules to induce pluripotency in stem cells for therapeutic effect, drug discovery, and matched cell-replacement therapies.

People Transfer: Mar 4, 2009

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Fate Therapeutics names Dan Shoemaker as CTO

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers launched its Stop Biotech Looting campaign last week after learning that subcontractors have been hiring non-union workers over the past year on a half-dozen projects for Boston-area life-sci giants.

The Medford, Mass.-based company will use the cash to continue developing its 2D microliver platform, which is designed to screen compounds for ADME/tox assessment and be used in drug discovery.

Bruno Sobral, Michael Gilman, Kathy Gibson, Uwe Christians,Herbert Fritsche, Dan Crowther

Patent Watch: Feb 27, 2009

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Applera, and Stanford University Awarded US Patents

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An Associated Press report says China refrained from releasing the SARS-CoV-2 genome for more than a week in January, frustrating the World Health Organization.

The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine have issued expressions of concern regarding the data used in two COVID-19 papers, the New York Times reports. 

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the mayfly, garnering insight into how insects evolved wings, Science reports.

In Genome Research this week: gene expression in primate brain regions, inversions and breakpoint inverted repeats in the human genome, and more.