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As its contract with the National Cancer Institute nears completion, startup Mirimus is hoping to begin adding drug companies to the list of customers for its inducible-RNAi mouse models, Mirimus CEO Prem Premsrirut said this week.

At this point, the majority of Mirimus' clients are academics, which have been easier to approach given Mirimus' status as a spinout of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, she told Gene Silencing News. “The commercial customers we're aiming for ... will take a little bit more time.”

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Nature News reports that gene therapy approaches are tackling sickle cell disease, but that the cost of treatment is a concern.

The Washington Post reports that a US Senate committee voted this week to approve the nomination of Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration.

One gene regulates hundreds of others to influence facial development, according to New Scientist.

In Nature this week: resources for single-cell analysis, little overlap in the microRNAs used by Salmonella and Shigella to infect host cells, and more.