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> The U.S. Justice Department has appealed a federal court judge's controversial decision to issue a preliminary injunction against federal support for embryonic stem cell work. The decision has roiled research efforts and triggered a decision at the NIH to freeze new grants. Story

> Emergent BioSolutions has inked a $28.7 million contract with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for advanced development of the company's third generation anthrax vaccine candidate. Emergent release

> Shares of Alimera Sciences jumped yesterday on the news that the FDA is giving its drug candidate Iluvien priority review status. Alimera licensed the therapy from pSivida. Report

> Belgium's ThromboGenics says that its second Phase III trial evaluating microplasmin for the non-surgical treatment of vitreomacular adhesion has met its primary endpoint. ThromboGenics release

> Two university spinoffs in Scotland have merged forces. ImmunoSolv is joining with Grampian BioConsultants to pursue "a new biology of cell death." Report

> The FDA has approved a new version of Allergan's Lumigan for open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Story

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