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Nucleic Acid World Summit, New York Academy of Sciences, EuroForum International, Intradigm


NAWS Set for September in Boston

The Nucleic Acid World Summit is to be held on Sept. 15 -17 at the Radisson Hotel in Boston.

The event will feature more than 65 speakers from 60 different companies. Topics to be covered include siRNAs, antisense, ribozymes, alternative splicing/RNA trans-splicing, intellectual property, and investment trends.

Details about the conference can be found at

NYAS’ First RNAi Symposium Date, Keynote Speaker Roster Finalized

The New York Academy of Sciences has scheduled its first half-day RNAi symposium for Oct. 27, at Rockefeller University’s Caspary Hall.

The meeting will begin at 2 pm and includes keynote presentations by MIT’s Phillip Sharp on the biology and possible uses of siRNAs and by Cenix Biosciences’s Chris Echeverri on the “art of genome-wide RNAi.”

The symposium will also feature talks by four New York-area researchers, who will be determined by abstract submission.

Information on registering to attend the meeting can be found at Abstract submitted for consideration must be sent to [email protected] and received by Sept. 25.

EuroForum RNAi Conference scheduled for Mid-November

EuroForum International is holding an RNAi conference on November 17 and 18 that will bring together representatives of both the drug industry and academic institutions to discuss the technology, its current uses, and barriers to its future development.

The conference will be held in central London at a venue yet to be confirmed. Speakers will include Chris Echeverri, of Cenix BioScience; Michal Janitz, of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics; and Andrew Clifton, from AstraZeneca.

Details about the event, including registration and pricing, can be found at

Intradigm Develops siRNA Inhibitor of SARS

Intradigm announced that it had developed siRNA capable of achieving 90 percent inhibition of the SARS virus in cell-based studies.

The company collaborated with Qiagen to design the siRNA, which targeted specific genes throughout the SARS genome. Qiagen synthesized the siRNA, and the product was tested in laboratories in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, using non-human primate cells exposed to the SARS virus.

The effort was sponsored by Hong Kong’s Top Biotech and the provincial government of Guangdong.


The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.