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Oxford Genome Sciences, Amgen To Collaborate on Cancer Antibodies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Oxford Genome Sciences said last weekthat it is collaborating with Amgen to discover, develop, and commercialize therapeutic antibodies for cancer.
 
The companies will use Amgen’s XenoMouse technology to generate fully human anibodies, which will be raised against druggable targets that Oxford Genome Sciences has identified through its Oxford Genome Anatomy Project database of cancer proteins.
 
The agreement covers up to six oncology programs. Amgen has the right to select up to three programs while Oxford Genome Sciences retains the rights to the rest. After Amgen has produced the initial antibody leads, Oxford Genome will carry out the initial pre-clinical assessment of each antibody program.
 
Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge is weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.