Santaris Pharma this week announced that it had signed a deal giving Wyeth access to its locked nucleic acids for use in developing RNA-targeting drugs, marking the second time in roughly two years that a big pharma has licensed the technology.

Despite the potential of LNAs as microRNA antagonists, however, Wyeth has no immediate plans to use the technology against the small, non-coding RNAs, a company official told RNAi News this week.

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The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

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