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Asuragen Receives Notices of Allowance for miRNA-Related Patent Applications

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Asuragen said this week that it has received notices of allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for an undisclosed number of patent applications related to the use of microRNA-21 and miR-30a as diagnostics in lung cancer.

The company also announced that it plans to launch its first miRNA kit, which will detect miR-21 expression levels and be for research use only, in the second quarter.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.