Qiagen announced this week that it has taken a worldwide license to a novel siRNA selection algorithm designed by Swiss drug maker Novartis.

According to Eric Lader, associate director of business development at Qiagen, Novartis designed the algorithm using a collection of about 3,000 randomly designed synthetic siRNAs against 34 targets provided by Qiagen. The randomness of the siRNAs, which allowed them to be chosen in an unbiased manner, is what makes Novartis’ algorithm different from methods others use to select siRNAs, he added.

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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.