NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Structural Genomics Consortium and the CHDI Foundation have struck an agreement to discover and characterize new drug targets for Huntington's disease and to make their findings available for use by academic researchers and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Neither the SGC nor CHDI will file for patents on any of their research findings, but will make all the reagents and knowledge they generate widely available without restrictions, the partners said yesterday.

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