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Leveraging a strategy of pursuing targets undruggable by technologies other than RNAi, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals has set its sights on inking at least one industry alliance in 2009, a company official told RNAi News this week.

While “nothing is done until it’s done in this business … [discussions] are progressing very well in a very serious manner,” and Dicerna plans to have consummated its first industry partnership before the end of the year, CEO Jim Jenson said. He added that the company intends to primarily strike deals on a target-by-target basis.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.

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