In the midst of selling off its semiconductor business to private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Silver Lake Partners for $2.66 billion (see BioCommerce Week 8/18/2005), Agilent officials suggested this week that the firm is unlikely to pursue a large acquisition to bolster its life sciences business.

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In Science this week: International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium publishes the bread wheat cultivar Chinese Spring reference genome, and more.

At his FDA Law Blog, Jeffrey Gibbs discusses FDA's technical assistance for the draft Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act.

The New York Times reports that genetic testing has uncovered unfaithful penguins at a Utah aquarium.

Cancer researcher loses funding under new Wellcome Trust anti-bullying policies, the Guardian reports.