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IP Update: Recent Patents Awarded to Novozymes, University of Texas, and More

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Title: Methods for Eliminating or Reducing the Expression of a Gene in a Filamentous Fungal Strain

Patent Number: 8,716,023

Filed: Dec. 9, 2004

Lead Inventor: Howard Brody, Novozymes


Title: microRNA Compositions and Methods for the Treatment of Myelogenous Leukemia

Patent Number: 8,716,255

Filed: Aug. 11, 2008

Lead Inventor: Florian Kuchenbauer, British Columbia Cancer Agency


Title: Compositions and Methods for Silencing Ebola Virus Gene Expression

Patent Number: 8,716,464

Filed: July 20, 2010

Lead Inventor: Thomas Geisbert, University of Texas Medical Branch (Tekmira Pharmaceuticals)


Title: Kit for Making Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells using Modified RNAs

Patent Number: 8,716,465

Filed: Aug. 21, 2012

Lead Inventor: Derrick Rossi, Children's Medical Center


Title: microRNAs for Identification of Exposure to Lower Aliphatic Saturated Aldehydes and the Method of Identification using Thereof

Patent Number: 8,716,192

Filed: Nov. 29, 2012

Lead Inventor: Jae Chun Ryu, Korea Institute of Science and Technology


Title: Regulation of Metabolism by miR-378

Patent Number: 8,716,258

Filed: June 6, 2011

Lead Inventor: Eric Olson, University of Texas

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NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

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Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.