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IP Update: Recent Patents Awarded to Loma Linda, Quark Pharmaceuticals, and More

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Title: Apoptotic Cell-mediated Transfection of Mammalian Cells with Interfering RNA

Patent Number: 8,637,476

Filed: Oct. 4, 2010

Lead Inventor: Fengchun Li, Loma Linda University


Title: Antigenic Compositions and Use of Same in the Targeted Delivery of Nucleic Acids

Patent Number: 8,637,477

Filed: Aug. 29, 2008

Lead Inventor: Rajan George, Akshaya Bio


Title: Methods for Treating Chronic Kidney Disease

Patent Number: 8,637,482

Filed: June 7, 2010

Lead Inventor: Elena Feinstein, Quark Pharmaceuticals

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The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.