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Seeking to bolster its efforts in the cell analysis field, Canadian life sciences research products firm MDS said this week that it would acquire Molecular Devices for $615 million in cash.
 

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.