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Sigma-Proligo Open Shop in France to Boost Oligo Production

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Sigma-Proligo, the RNAi and PCR division of Sigma-Aldrich, yesterday said it has opened offices near Paris.
The company said its newly acquired 2,000-square-foot facility in the Genopole d’Evry biopark will enable it to advance oligonucleotide production.
Sigma-Proligo specializes in nucleic acid synthesis and holds patents in siRNA gene silencing. Sigma-Aldrich’s operations manager Khalil Arar predicts the RNAi market has a compound annual growth rate of 14 percent, and expects the new facilities will help the company meet that new demand.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.