Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. established a program that will see five research labs granted $400,000 worth of RNA-interference reagents.
The Waltham, Mass.-based lab equipment supplier said it will donate the reagents to promote cutting-edge genetic research.
RNAi reagents are used to study genes in medical research and drug discovery.
Academic and commercial researchers can apply for the grants through Sept. 7, 2009, at www.thermo.com/rnaidiscovery. Recipients will be selected based on the merit of their projects, their screening capabilities and potential scientific impact.