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Oxagen, Pfizer Collaborate in Hunt for Asthma SNPs

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 6 - Oxagen and Pfizer have entered a collaborative research agreement to investigate the link between genes and asthma, Oxagen said today.

 

Abingdon, UK-based Oxagen, using SNP studies and genotyping, will attempt to identify asthma-associated SNPs in genes provided by Pfizer.

 

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Scan

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