NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Having just secured its second small business grant from the National Institutes of Health, University at Albany spinout Hocus Locus is aiming to further develop a novel microRNA inhibition technology initially for research applications and, ultimately, as a therapeutic modality.

The approach is based on so-called structurally interacting RNAs, or sxRNAs, which the company believes are part of a post-transcriptional regulatory mechanism that controls RNA binding protein (RBP) interactions with messenger RNA.

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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.