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Norgen Biotek has expanded its line of urine-based sample preparation products to include a kit for isolating microRNAs suitable for molecular biology applications.

According to the company, the kit can preserve, concentrate, and purify miRNAs from less than 1 milliliter up to 50 milliliters of urine.


The Drug Information Association has scheduled its third Oligonucleotide-based Therapeutics Conference for March 23-25 in Bethesda, Md.

The event will include sessions focused on "targeted therapeutics and exploratory approaches of oligonucleotide-based therapeutic drugs, including bioinformatics, microRNAs, delivery, impurities and metabolism, thresholds, and pre-clinical immune screenings" prior to investigational new drug application filings, according to DIA. RNAi technologies, including ones focused on drug delivery, will also be addressed.

Additional information can be found here.

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