UPDATE: HGS Antibody Candidate Cleared to Enter Clinic | GenomeWeb

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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Harold Varmus, a former NIH director, says that proposed reductions to the agency's budget are worrisome.

The Genome 10K project is to sequence about 10,000 vertebrate genomes, including ones of endangered species, Digital Trends reports.

The new Coalition to Save NIH Funding aims to educate lawmakers and the public on the significance of biomedical research.

In PLOS this week: analysis of viral sequences from human blood samples, gut microbiomes of heart failure patients, and more.