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Stepping before the investment community at the UBS Warburg Conference in New York this week, Howard Robin, president and CEO of Sirna, touted the company’s strong cash position and technical experience with RNA.

Robin noted that, between an April private placement of $48 million of stock and warrants and a $5 million rights offering in July, Sirna has raised $53 million this year. As of June 30, the company — which burns about $1.5 million a month — had about $43.8 million in cash, cash equivalents, and securities for sale.

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.

Apr
30
Sponsored by
Lexogen

This webinar will discuss novel long-read transcript sequencing (LRTseq) methods for transcriptome annotation that could increase the efficiency and accuracy of future sequencing projects.

May
21
Sponsored by
Qiagen

This webinar will provide a first-hand look at how a hematology/oncology lab in the UK set up and validated three molecular assays for routine in-house use.