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According to the amended complaint, University of Utah's Brenda Bass had “so well-defined” the concept at issue that it "could have been reduced to practice by someone with ordinary skill in the art without further research.”

The funding is worth $250,000 per year for two years and will be matched dollar for dollar by RXi. The award is still subject to a formal agreement between RXi and UMMS.

Life Tech also disclosed that the laboratory of Victor Ambros at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and affiliated RNAi Therapeutics Institute is an early-access customer of the product.

Alnylam said that as part of the agreement, it would allow Merck, the parent company of one-time rival Sirna Therapeutics, to sub-license a portion of the disputed IP to which it previously did not have access.

The company said this week that it has begun manufacturing prototype disposable test cartridges for performing rapid, inexpensive PCR assays as part of a future portable HIV detection and monitoring system for use in developing countries.

While a handful of pricey deals have dominated the headlines, a handful of other companies over the past year have formed more modest collaborations to see whether they can take advantage of RNAi as a therapeutic modality.

The Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy is a joint program with the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.

BioServe touts the repository as the "the largest resource of high-quality biosamples for the life science industry" and claims that researchers can access it to garner biosamples from "most any major diseases."

The firm has started the BioServe Network with partners including Fox Chase, Windber, UMass, and the Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities.

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The US National Institutes of Health's All of Us project awarded $4.6 million to the company Color to develop a genetic counseling resource for the program.

The Times of India reports on a pilot study that used genomic testing to determine whether patients had drug-resistant tuberculosis.

New guidelines say that more women may benefit from genetic testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Cell this week: small proteins identified among human microbiome, role for tumor microbes in pancreatic cancer survival, and more.