Abcam acquires Firefly BioWorks to expand capabilities in multiplex analysis

January 22, 2015

Cambridge UK, 21 January, 2015: Abcam plc, a global leader in the supply of life science research tools, today announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of Firefly BioWorks Inc (“Firefly”) (“the Acquisition”) on a cash-free/debt-free basis for £18.5m ($28.0m). The consideration, which is payable in […]

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Regulus Aims to Advance microRNA Therapeutics Portfolio and Regulus microMarkersSM Division

January 8, 2015

Regulus Announces Key Goals Under its ‘Clinical Map Initiative’ for 2015 Accelerates RG-101 for HCV with Dual-Track Clinical Development Strategy; Top-Line, Single Dose, 4 mg/kg Results as Well as 2mg/kg Extended Follow Up Results from Ongoing Study to be Reported in Early February 2015 LA JOLLA, Calif., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLS), a biopharmaceutical […]

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SomaGenics Receives $2,275,000 in NIH Funding to Develop its RNAi Therapeutics and microRNA Technologies

December 18, 2014

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SomaGenics has recently been awarded $2,275,000 in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the NIH to further develop and expand its RNA-based technologies in the areas of wound healing, hepatitis delta virus (HDV) therapeutics, microRNA (miRNA) expression profiling, and next-generation sequencing. SomaGenics’ wound healing program is […]

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Novel Biomarkers for Drug-induced Liver Injury

December 12, 2014

MicroRNAs have emerged as promising biomarkers of organ damage including injury of the liver. In this study the new generation of high-throughput sequencing technology was applied to detect circulating  miRNAs in serum from patients with accidental acetaminophen overdose and identified a set of 33 known miRNAs and 3 novel miRNA-like small RNAs that are functionally […]

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miRWalk 2.0 available

December 2, 2014

miRWalk2.0 (http://zmf.umm.uni-heidelberg.de/apps/zmf/mirwalk2/) which is a significantly improved and upgraded version of miRWalk database is now available for the scientific community. miRWalk2.0 was developed with the aim of providing a regularly updated, freely accessible, comprehensive archive to supply the biggest available collection of predicted and experimentally verified miRNA-target interactions with various novel and unique features to […]

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Upcoming Webinar – Recent Work & Current Methods for Profiling Extracellular microRNAs

September 23, 2014

Date: Tuesday Sept 30, 2014 In the past, differential profiling and functional studies of microRNA (miRNA) has been performed mainly using tissues samples collected by invasive methods. However, in a clinical setting, more convenient and non-invasive methods are required, such as collection of peripheral blood or other bodily fluids. Recently, it has been demonstrated that […]

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Implication of Sperm RNA in Transgenerational Inheritance of the Effects of Early Trauma in Mice

June 4, 2014

Recent studies have suggested that early-life stressors and traumatic experiences can cause heritable changes in gene expression in future generations. Researchers at the University of Zurich’s Brain Research Institute hypothesized that early-life stressors in male mice may cause heritable changes in the small, non-coding RNA content (including miRNAs) in the sperm of traumatized mice and […]

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mrSNP: Software to detect SNP effects on microRNA binding

March 18, 2014

mrSNP is a highly adaptable and performing web based tool for predicting the effect a 3′UTR SNP will have on miRNA binding. This tool has advantages over existing algorithms because it can assess the effect of novel SNPs on miRNA binding without requiring significant hands on time. Project home page: http://mrsnp.osu.edu License: Free for commercial […]

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Workshop: “NGS and non-coding RNA data analysis”

March 5, 2014

The organizers are happy to announce the upcoming “NGS and non-coding RNA data analysis” workshop II (2014) 15-16 May, Plovdiv, Bulgaria The SeqAhead COST action BM1006 is organizing a 2 day workshop with presentations on non-coding RNA (ncRNA) research, bioinformatics, data analysis and stimulating discussions between biologists and bioinformaticians. The registration for this COST WS is now […]

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Discussion of miRNA Gene Expression Normalization Strategies

March 5, 2014

Researchers at the University of Oxford and the Scripps Research Institute recently published an article evaluating the use of several different RT-qPCR normalization strategies when profiling miRNA gene expression in mouse serum. In their research article entitled “Assessment of RT-qPCR Normalization Strategies for Accurate Quantification of Extracellular microRNAs in Murine Serum,” Roberts et. al. compare […]

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