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IP Update: Recent Patents Awarded to Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Marina Biotech, and More

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Title: Methods and Means for Producing Efficient Silencing Construct Using Recombinatorial Cloning

Patent Number: 8,877,435

Filed: Sept. 21, 2010

Lead Inventor: Christopher Helliwell, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization


Title: Method for Rapidly Evaluating Performance of Short Interfering RNA with Novel Chemical Modifications

Patent Number: 8,877,439

Filed: Dec. 9, 2010

Lead Inventor: Gabor Butora, Sirna Therapeutics (Alnylam Pharmaceuticals)


Title: Compositions for Inhibiting Gene Expression and Uses Thereof

Patent Number: 8,877,722

Filed: March 25, 2011

Lead Inventor: Sudhir Agrawal, Idera Pharmaceuticals


Title: Method and Medicament for Inhibiting the Expression of a Given Gene

Patent Number: 8,877,726

Filed: Oct. 19, 2012

Lead Inventor: Roland Kreutzer, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals


Title: Delivery of dsRNA to Arthropods

Patent Number: 8,877,727

Filed: April 5, 2013

Lead Inventor: Steven Whyard, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization


Title: Amino Acid Lipids and Uses Thereof

Patent Number: 8,877,729

Filed: July 1, 2013

Lead Inventor: Steven Quay, Marina Biotech


Title: Glycoconjugates of RNA Interference Agents

Patent Number: 8,877,917

Filed: April 23, 2008

Lead Inventor: Andrea Forst, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

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.