NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this month reported new animal data showing that an endothelial cell-targeting nanoparticle can carry microRNAs and siRNAs into lung tumors and cause the cancer to regress.

The findings, which also show that the addition of chemotherapy to the small RNA treatment can further improve survival, point to the nanoparticle technology as yet another promising approach to overcoming the delivery challenge that has long hampered the development of nucleic acid medicines.

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Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

In PNAS this week: gut microbes may affect honeybee weight, phenotype and gene expression changes in DiGeorge syndrome, and more.