Marina Biotech this week announced that the incorporation of a proprietary technology into an siRNA could reduce toxicity caused by microRNA-like off-target activity.

The approach is based on Marina's unlocked nucleobase analogs, which are comprised of acyclic ribonucleoside analogs in which the bond between C2' and C3' atoms is broken. The resultant change in sugar structure is designed to make the analogs flexible and reduce the binding affinity of siRNA strands.

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In this online seminar, Jo Vandesompele of the Center for Medical Genetics at Ghent University will discuss methods for improving the analysis of microRNA expression from a range of samples.