Regulus Therapeutics this week announced that it has received a milestone payment from Biogen Idec as part of the companies' ongoing partnership to identify microRNA biomarkers for multiple sclerosis.

In 2012, the companies signed a deal under which Regulus is using its proprietary miRNA extraction and analysis technologies to identify which of these small, non-coding RNAs could be used to develop a blood-based test to help diagnose MS patients, as well as to guide their treatment and monitor disease progression and relapse.

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Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

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