Celera and Ipsen have entered into a research agreement to develop biomarkers and pharmacogenomic tests for growth failure in patients.
Celera brings to the table its genotyping know-how, while Ipsen offers rights to Genentech’s growth hormone Nutropin and Tercica’s IGF-1 drug Increlex.
The first phase of the collaboration will focus on discovering and characterizing genetic markers related to short stature, Celera and Ipsen said in a statement.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

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