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Alnylam Closes Acquisition of Merck's RNAi Assets


Alnylam Pharmaceuticals this week announced that it has closed its previously announced acquisition of Merck's RNAi assets, including its Sirna Therapeutics subsidiary.

Merck, which acquired Sirna in 2007 for $1.1 billion, unveiled a company-wide restructuring last year that included a reduction in emphasis on platform technologies, including RNAi. In January, the company disclosed that it would sell its RNAi assets to Alnylam in exchange for $25 million in cash and $150 million in stock.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.