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Alnylam, Genzyme form alliance

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Genzyme, both of Cambridge, said Monday that they have formed an exclusive alliance to develop and commercialize RNAi therapeutics for the treatment of transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis, or ATTR, in Japan and other Asia-Pacific countries.

ATTR is a rare, debilitating, hereditary disease that damages the nervous system and heart, resulting in a life expectancy of 5 to 15 years.

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