GeneTools, a supplier of morpholinos, said this week that it is sponsoring a competition to generate data directly comparing the properties of siRNAs and morpholinos in gene knockdown experiments in cultured cells.
Under the competition, which is open to any person or group, GeneTools will accept a research proposal outlining the proposed experiments. Five proposals will be selected by March 30. The sponsors of the proposals will be granted $2,000 in research funding, custom morpholinos, and delivery reagent in order to carry out and publish in any peer-reviewed journals the proposed experiments.
The paper with the highest impact factor will be named winner and issued a $10,000 personal check, said GeneTools.
Details of the competition can be found at http://184.108.40.206/genetools/pdfs/competition4.pdf.
Ambion recently introduced Silencer labeled control siRNAs.
According to the company, the siRNAs are fluorescently labeled, allowing direct observation of their cellular uptake, distribution, and localization. The labeling allows researchers to monitor siRNA delivery by fluorescence microscopy, as opposed to unlabeled siRNAs that must be monitored by target gene knockdown.
Additional details about the siRNAs can be found at http://www.ambion.com/catalog/CatNum.php?4620.