In what a company official described as "something of an experiment," Elsevier MDL said last week that it will deposit around 2,500 structures from its xPharm database of pharmacological activity into NCBI's publicly available PubChem resource.

Phil McHale, vice president of marketing and corporate communications at Elsevier MDL, told BioInform that the agreement will serve as a test case to determine "whether this sort of linking is beneficial both to the users of PubChem and to our customers."

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Researchers test gene therapy targeting a different cancer protein in a new trial, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

The Associated Press reports Alex Azar, the new Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, made millions of dollars as a pharmaceutical executive.

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