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May 1, 2007

Alethia and Emerillon to Tackle Bone Diseases

  • Alethia Biotherapeutics and Emerillon Therapeutics signed a collaborative research agreement to work together on bone-related diseases such as osteoporosis. The companies will conduct a discovery and functional validation program to identify new drug candidates.

    According to the deal, Emerillon will provide a list of genetic loci that are associated with an osteoporotic phenotype in mice. In return, Alethia will generate bone-specific cDNA libraries to help identify these genes. It also will conduct cell-based validation studies to determine the functional relevance of the genes provided.



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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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