La Jolla Institute Nabs $12.6M RNAi Grant

Xconomy San Diego — 

The La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology said today it has received a $12.6 million federal grant to establish the first publicly funded center in San Diego dedicated to research on RNA interference. Scientists are excited about the possibilities of RNAi research because it holds potential to silence specific malfunctioning genes involved in disease, which aren’t accessible by conventional small molecules or protein drugs. The new resource will be openly shared among researchers in San Diego and around the country, said Mitchell Kronenberg, the institute’s president and chief scientific officer, in a statement.