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A pair of small biopharmaceutical companies that are seeking a cure for severe acute respiratory syndrome saw their shares jump Friday.



shares were up 64% at $2.52 in late trading, after I the company said it is working on developing a vaccine against SARS with the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.

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( MEDX) was up 10% at $4.30, following an announcement that the company plans to develop a SARS treatment with the Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.