By Doug Macron

Mirina has asked a US District Court for a preliminary injunction blocking Marina Biotech from using its recently adopted moniker ahead of a ruling in a trademark-infringement suit between the companies over the similarity of their names.

In a filing obtained by Gene Silencing News, Mirina argued that Marina's planned foray in 2011 into the microRNA therapeutics space, which is Mirina's core focus, makes immediate court action "necessary and appropriate."

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