NEW YORK, Nov. 1 — Human Genome Sciences on Thursday announced that a monoclonal antibody product it developed has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to begin phase I trials, becoming the first drug candidate of its kind identified through genomics techniques to reach this stage.

The product, LymphoStat-B, will first be tested as a treatment for the autoimmune disease lupus. Clinical trials should begin by the new year, said company spokesperson Jerry Parrot. 

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

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