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Batting Eyelashes and All

Japan's biggest drug maker is making eyes at the US market as its patents get closer to their expiration dates. Takeda Pharmaceutical said it would pay $100 million to be Alnylam Pharmaceuticals' strategic partner in RNAi therapeutics, says the Wall Street Journal. Under this five-year agreement, Takeda will have the right to first negotiation to develop Alnylam products for the Asian market and Alnylam would have the option to develop Takeda's programs in the US.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.