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IP Update: Recent Patents Awarded to Alnylam, Alcon, and More

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Title: siRNA Compositions and Methods for Potently Inhibiting Viral Infection

Patent Number: 8,664,188

Filed: Dec. 11, 2009

Lead Inventor: Bojian Zheng, Xiangxue Group


Title: RNA Interference in Skin Indications

Patent Number: 8,664,189

Filed: Sept. 22, 2009

Lead Inventor: Anastasia Khvorova, RXi Pharmaceuticals


Title: Mutator Activity Induced by microRNA-155 Links Inflammation and Cancer

Patent Number: 8,664,192

Filed: March 7, 2012

Inventor: Carlo Croce, Ohio State University (Microlin Bio)


Title: Compositions and Methods for Inhibiting Expression of Factor VII Gene

Patent Number: 8,664,193

Filed: Sept. 14, 2012

Lead Inventor: Antonin de Fourgerolles, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals


Title: Interfering RNA Delivery Systems and Uses Thereof

Patent Number: 8,664,375

Filed: Dec. 14, 2010

Inventor: Jon Chatterton, Alcon


Title: Use of Two microRNA [Molecules] in Lung Cancer Prognosis and Medicine Preparation

Patent Number: 8,664,191

Filed: July 9, 2009

Lead Inventor: Qimin Zhan, Chinese Academy of Medical Services

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.