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IP Update: Recent Patents Awarded to SomaGenics, Pioneer Hi-Bred, and More

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Title: Construction of Protein-responsive shRNA/RNAi Control System Using RNP Motif

Patent Number: 8,871,437

Filed: Dec. 9, 2009

Lead Inventor: Tan Inoue, Japan Science and Technology Agency


Title: Nanoparticle-based Gene Delivery Systems

Patent Number: 8,871,509

Filed: March 18, 2010

Lead Inventor: Min Su Han, Chung-Ang University


Title: Chemical Modification of Short Small Hairpin RNAs for Inhibition of Gene Expression

Patent Number: 8,871,730

Filed: July 13, 2010

Lead Inventor: Qing Ge, SomaGenics


Title: RNAi Therapeutic for Treatment of Hepatitis C Infection

Patent Number: 8,871,919

Filed: Oct. 2, 2012

Inventor: Hengli Tang, Florida State University


Title: Enhanced Transgene Expression by Co-expression with a Suppressor of Post-transcriptional Gene Silencing

Patent Number: 8,871,997

Filed: Nov. 20, 2006

Lead Inventor: David Baulcombe, University of Cambridge (Plant Bioscience Limited)


Title: Compositions and Methods for Insecticidal Control of Stinkbugs

Patent Number: 8,872,001

Filed: June 3, 2011

Lead Inventor: Karen Broglie, Pioneer Hi-Bred

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

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.