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The British CRISPR software developer is turning to investment platform SyndicateRoom as it looks to commercialize its products and expand into the US.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Horizon Discovery today said that it has signed a supply and distribution agreement enabling it to offer its customers access to Sirion Biotech's RNAiONE custom short hairpin RNA development services.

Dicerna Pharmaceuticals announced this week that it has taken a non-exclusive license to RNAi intellectual property held by Plant Bioscience Limited.

A study published in Nature Genetics last month has identified a genetic variant strongly associated with higher risk of certain brain tumors, and suggests the involvement of a long non-coding RNA or a microRNA.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals this week announced that it has taken a non-exclusive license to RNAi-related intellectual property held by UK technology management firm Plant Bioscience Limited.

The company has added respiratory and inflammation to an RNAi screening program that began with oncology.

Papers of Note

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RNAi-Related Papers Published April 2009

People in the News

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Richard Chin, John Rossi, Alice Lin-Tsing, Kenneth Reed

Funding Update

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NSF Microarray Grants Awarded Jan. 1 — March 31

Strands

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Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, MDRNA

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.