MIT Researcher Uses RNAi Against Influenza; With Mouse Data, Hopes to Clinch Partnership | GenomeWeb

With a recently awarded NIH grant in hand and discussions with possible industry collaborators underway, MIT researcher Jianzhu Chen has set his sights on developing an RNAi-based drug to fight the influenza virus, which causes 36,000 deaths in the US alone, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chen became interested in using siRNAs against influenza more than a year ago, he told RNAi News, after his lab began collaborating with MIT professor and RNAi pioneer Phil Sharp on the use of siRNAs against CD4 and CD8.

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