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Sirna to Release Q4, FY 2005 Financials on March 1

Sirna Therapeutics said this week that it will release its fourth-quarter and full-year 2005 financial results on March 1.

The company also said it will hold a conference call to discuss the results at 4:30 pm EST on March 1.

A live webcast of the call can be accessed on Sirna's corporate website.


Sigma-Aldrich to Offer Rubicon's Genome Amplification Kits

Sigma-Aldrich said last week that it has signed a licensing deal allowing it to offer Rubicon Genomics' GenomePlex Whole Genome Amplification kits to service providers.

Rubicon Genomics will retain all rights to the kits for molecular diagnostics, and will continue its existing service business, Sigma-Aldrich said.

Additional terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.


CombiMatrix Shares Climb 6.6 Percent on Strong Q4 Revenue Growth

CombiMatrix this week reported fourth-quarter revenues of $3.6 million versus $522,000 in the year-ago period.

Total receipts for the period included $2.3 million in previously deferred revenues recognized from CombiMatrix's completion of its R&D agreement with Toppan Printing.

R&D costs increased 25 percent to $1.7 million from $1.4 million in the year-ago period.

Net losses in the fourth quarter narrowed 57 percent to $1.8 million from $4.1 million, CombiMatrix said.

The unit had around $20.2 million in cash and short-term investments as of Dec.31.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.