Dutch microRNA drug developer InteRNA Technologies this month announced that it has received a notice of allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a patent application covering a number of novel microRNA sequences, including one that forms the basis of the company's lead drug candidate.

With the intellectual property in hand, InteRNA has now set its sights on raising additional capital and advancing at least one therapeutic into human testing by the end of 2013, a company official told Gene Silencing News this week.

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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.