ALNYLAM Pharmaceuticals announced this week three separate, non-exclusive licensing deals for an issued European patent directly covering double-stranded RNA-induced gene silencing as a therapeutic, helping the company put an end to talk about its reluctance to outlicense its intellectual property. Meanwhile, the patent is still being opposed by a number of different companies, casting some doubt on its eventual value.

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