NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Horizon Discovery today said that it has signed a supply and distribution agreement enabling it to offer its customers access to Sirion Biotech's RNAiONE custom short hairpin RNA development services.

In addition, Cambridge, UK-based Horizon said that it also would offer Sirion's off-the-shelf shRNA and cDNA over-expression reagents. It said the reagents would be available as transduction-ready lentivirus particles or as plasmids.

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