LONDON — Although its development of RNAi-based reverse-transfection technology hit a roadblock when partner Akceli went out of business earlier this year (see RNAi News, 3/19/2004), Dharmacon didn’t give up on the effort.

Its persistence paying off, the company is now preparing to launch by year-end an as-yet unnamed reverse-transfection platform that will incorporate its modified siRNAs and a newly developed transfection reagent.

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