miRNA mimics

California researchers screened some 850 miRNAs to uncover one that inhibits growth in cancer cells with KRAS mutations, which are linked to poor survival.

Under the deal, Horizon's X-Man human discovery cell lines will be used to test the effects of common mutations in cancer patients on the efficacy of Mirna's miRNA mimics.

The release of the data comes on the heels of a publication in Cell showing that therapeutic miRNA delivery could suppress tumorigenesis in a mouse model of liver cancer, which Mirna's CEO said bolsters the company's strategy.

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.