Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Regulus Therapeutics, a joint venture between Alnylam and Isis Pharmaceuticals, said this week that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance for a patent application covering several chemical classes of antisense-based microRNA antagonists.

The application, No. 20060058266, is entitled "Chemically modified oligonucleotides," and claims "composition and methods for making and using chemically modified oligonucleotide agents for inhibiting gene expression," according to its abstract.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.