Regulus Therapeutics, a joint venture between Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Isis Pharmaceuticals, said this week that the US Patent and Trademark Office has allowed claims in a patent application covering microRNA-21.

According to the company, the miRNA is linked to a variety of diseases including cancer, fibrosis, and heart disease. The application, from the so-called Tuschl-III patent series, also covers single-stranded and double-stranded antisense compounds complementary to miR-21, Regulus said.

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