BioWorld® Today, an internationally recognized publication for the biotechnology industry, interviewed both Dr. Durie and the IMF's partner in genomic research, Dr. Howard Urnovitz of Chronix Biomedical, on the topic of exosomes, small vesicles that are shed from cells and which contain circulating nucleic acids, or CNAs. CNAs have been known to play a role in cell-to-cell communication in plants. In myeloma, Chronix reported at ASH 2008, CNA signatures can predict relapses before they become clinically apparent. Dr. Durie hopes to harness this mechanism for both diagnosis and prognosis of disease.
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