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Marina Biotech said this week that it has regained the rights to the use of its transkingdom RNAi technology for agriculture and veterinary applications.

CEQ508 is based on Cequent Pharmaceuticals' so-called transkingdom RNAi technology, and is designed to inhibit the oncogene beta-catenin, which is expected to prevent new polyp formation associated with the disease.

The patent applications, entitled "Compositions for Bacterial-Mediated Gene Silencing and Methods Using the Same," relate to Cequent's so-called transkingdom RNAi technology, which involves using attenuated Escherichia coli to transcribe therapeutic shRNAs.

The company said the toxicology work, which is being conducted in non-human primates, will lay the groundwork for a phase II study to begin in 2011.

"We believe [the FAP drug] is a product that the combined company could commercialize with a small specialty sales force [with] minimal sales and marketing infrastructure," MDRNA's President and CEO Michael French said this week.

The company also remains on track with its more advanced familial adenomatous polyposis drug and plans to file within the next two weeks an investigational new drug application to begin testing the therapy in humans.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.