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Oct 3, 2007

National Institute of Environmental Health Services Commissions Caliper for $7M

  • The National Institute of Environmental Health Services (NIEHS) awarded Caliper Life Sciences $7 million to provide its researchers with mouse models. The NIEHS focuses its research on the environment and its impact on human health and disease.

    Under the 10-year contract, Xenogen Biosciences, the in vivo drug discovery services arm of Caliper Discovery Alliances & Services, will supply NIEHS investigators with genetically modified mouse models for research. Caliper will develop unique mouse models based on the specific needs.

    The contract was reportedly given to Caliper through a competitive bid process. The company says that it has produced more than 9,000 unique mouse and rat models, some of which have been supplied to the NIEHS under a previous multiyear agreement.



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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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