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The deal was originally between Santaris and Wyeth, but Pfizer inherited the partnership when it acquired Wyeth late in 2009.

At the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium being held this week, Pfizer is planning to present new clinical trial data on neratinib, an investigational pan-ErbB inhibitor in patients with HER2-positive breast cancer, as well as data on the marketed oncologic Sutent (sunitinib malate) in metastatic breast cancer.

Alnylam’s request to stay the suit, which was submitted jointly with the USPTO, asked the court to suspend the case until a ruling is made on an appeal in a separate but similar patent-term suit filed by Wyeth and Elan Pharma against the patent office.

A Santaris official also said that while the company remains committed to microRNAs as drug targets, the company isn’t likely to advance additional miRNA drugs into the clinic in the near term as it takes a measured approach to selecting future clinical candidates.

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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

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