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miRNA mimic

Title: Gene Silencing
Patent Number: 8,097,710
Filed: March 22, 2004
Lead Inventor: David Baulcombe, Plant Bioscience

RXi and Miragen used the technology to create an miRNA mimic capable of down-regulating a reporter gene whose expression is controlled by the microRNA in cell culture model systems.

Merck is primarily focused on miRNA mimics since the molecules are "somewhat analogous" to siRNAs, which enables the company to piggyback on the know-how of its RNAi subsidiary Sirna Therapeutics.

The microRNA is a potential target for immuno-inflammatory disorders and part of a lead program in the company's collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline, Regulus said.

While RXi continues to bill itself as an RNAi drug developer, a company official indicated this week that the firm may expand its focus into the miRNA field as it works to meet its goal of defining its areas of therapeutic interest by the end of the second quarter.

Pacific Biosciences is hosting a competition in which researchers are vying to win free sequencing for an organism with the most interesting genome.

An opinion piece appearing in Newsday likens familial DNA searches to stop-and-frisk policies.

The San people of Africa have drawn up a code of conduct for researchers, according to the Conversation.

In Nature this week: genotypes linked to hip osteoarthritis, and more.