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Takara Bio s sSINsi-hH1 DNA, pSINsi-hU6, and pSINsi-mU6 DNA, Select Bioscience s RNAi 2004: Strategic Opportunities, RNA Interference: The Nuts & Bolts of siRNA Technology, and Stealth RNAi oligonucleotides

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Takara Bio has launched a new retrovirus vector that allows for the persistent delivery of siRNAs in cells, Japan Corporate News Network said this week.

The vectors — sSINsi-hH1 DNA, pSINsi-hU6, and pSINsi-mU6 DNA — were made available on Feb. 6, JCNN added.


Select Biosciences has recently released its RNAi 2004: Strategic Opportunities market report.

The report, said Select, includes interviews with RNAi experts, evaluations of companies in the field, market models of segments of the RNAi field, and recommendations for capitalizing on various opportunities.

Details about ordering the report, along with a table of contents and sample pages, can be found at http://www.selectbiosciences.com/marketreports/rnai04.aspx.


DNA Press is publishing a new book in its Nuts & Bolts series entitled RNA Interference: The Nuts & Bolts of siRNA Technology.

The book is authored by David Engelke, a professor of biological chemistry and director in biomedical services at the University of Michigan.

Topics covered by the book include RNAi in plants, Drosophila, C. elegans, and mammals, as well as protocols for using RNAi to knock down gene expression in eukaryotes.


Following its recent acquisition of Sequitur, Invitrogen has begun directly offering Stealth RNAi oligonucleotides on its website.

Details about the oligos can now be found at http://www.invitrogen.com/content.cfm?pageid=10070.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.