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Kylin Therapeutics, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Divergence

Kylin Forms Cancer Drug Partnership with Fort Dodge Animal Health
Kylin Therapeutics said this week that it has signed a deal to develop RNAi-based treatments for cancer with Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth.
Under the arrangement, the collaborators will incorporate Kylin’s packaging RNA, or pRNA, delivery technology into the RNAi compounds they develop. Fort Dodge will have the exclusive rights to the technology and drugs resulting from the partnership for use in companion animals.
Kylin will retain all rights to the technology and therapies for human applications.
Kylin stands to receive undisclosed research funding, milestone payments, and royalties from Fort Dodge. Additional terms were not disclosed.
Kylin and Fort Dodge’s business models are “complementary, and the results of this effort will provide valuable data and intellectual property that will mutually serve our core businesses," Eric Davis, president and CEO of Kylin Therapeutics, said in a statement.

Divergence Announces NSF Grant to Develop Parasite-Resistant Crops
Divergence said this week it has been awarded a $100,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation to help it use RNAi to develop crops, including corn, resistant to a common parasite.
According to Divergence, these crops would express double-stranded RNA in their root systems to specifically silence the expression of genes in invading parasitic nematodes.
RNAi News first reported on the grant in May (see RNAi News, 5/31/2007).

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.