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Human Genome Sciences

( HGSI) reported positive early safety and efficacy results on its drug Albuferon for chronic hepatitis C.

Interim results at 12 weeks showed that patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C who received the drug, in combination with ribavirin, missed fewer work days than people taking the commonly used treatment pegylated interferon alpha. Shares of Human Genome were up 2% to $12.79.

Enzo Biochem's

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fourth-quarter loss widened year over year as revenue dropped and expenses increased. The laboratory-research company's revenue was $9.9 million, down from $10.9 million in the year-ago period. Overall, the company lost $4.5 million, or 14 cents a share, compared with a loss of $2 million, or 6 cents a share, a year ago.

Separately, Enzo said it appointed Gary Cupit, a former

Novartis

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executive and most recently the president and CEO of privately held Sapphire Therapeutics, to the newly created position of president of its therapeutics unit. Enzo was down 3.9% to $13.90.

HealthNet

(HNT)

said its third-quarter earnings should be a little better than it previously expected and exceed Wall Street's consensus forecast. Additionally, the board of directors approved plans to resume the company's stock-repurchase program. Under a revised plan, HealthNet will be allowed to acquire up to $450 million of its common stock.

Separately, Health Net said its chief financial officer, Anthony Piszel, has resigned to take over as CFO of mortgage company

Freddie Mac

( FRE). HealthNet's shares fell 2.5% to $44.86.

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Among other movers,

Merck

(MKT)

was up 1.8% to $43.97,

Schering-Plough

( SGP) was gaining 1.6% to $22.66, and

AstraZeneca

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was 1.4% higher to $62.83.

Adeza Biomedical

( ADZA) was 2.2% higher to $18.23,

StemCells

(STEM)

got a 6.4% boost to $2.41, and

Dyadic International

( DIL) was up 6.1% to $4.67.

Biovail

( BVF) was 1.5% lower to $15.93,

Cubist Pharmaceuticals

(CBST)

was down 3.3% to $21.94,

Omrix Biopharmaceuticals

( OMRI) sank 13.5% to $17.61,

Genitope

(GTOP)

was down 7.1% to $3.42, and

GeoPharma

( GORX) was 3.2% lower at $3.36.