Alnylam to Receive European Patent

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY), a Cambridge, MA-based developer of RNA-interference (RNAi) drugs, says that the European Patent Office will grant the firm a patent related to its “Tuschi I” patent series covering the use of double-stranded RNA molecules for RNA-interference. The patent, which the company expects to be issued in four months, covers claims such as the use of RNAi to reduce expression of a gene with double-stranded RNA molecules of 21 to 23 nucleotides in length.

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