For years, the importance of microRNAs has been almost entirely appreciated by academic researchers. But in recent months, as evidence accumulates linking these small non-coding RNAs to both normal biological functioning and disease accumulates, the biotech industry — known for pioneering new technologies — has started to take notice.

But what of big pharma? In light of that industry's slow acceptance of RNAi as a therapeutic modality even with promising clinical data available, it is likely to be some time before it truly embraces miRNAs.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.

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