PharmAthene finds backers for research pact

PharmAthene has gained some powerful support in Washington for its plans to expand a herd of genetically modified goats used in drug research by housing the animals at a USDA facility in Maryland. One of the state's senators, Benjamin Cardin, has introduced a measure in the farm bill that would permit just that in a public-private partnership. PharmAthene has been developing Protexia--a therapy produced in goats' milk and used to protect people from nerve agents--under Project BioShield. PharmAthene is also in a race to produce a new anthrax vaccine, a field where Human Genome Sciences is widely considered the leader.

- read the report from The Washington Post