By Doug Macron

Law firm Ropes & Gray last week responded to the recent conflict-of-interest charges levied against it by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as part of ongoing litigation, claiming that its dealings with three other companies working in the RNAi space have no bearing on the case at hand.

Rather, the new allegations are an attempt by CSHL to delay a ruling on the dismissal of the lawsuit so that the lab can review the companies' confidential materials, Ropes & Gray stated.

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