Making good on a promise earlier this year to build its consumables business, Applied Biosystems said last week that it would acquire the research products division of RNAi firm Ambion for around $273 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.

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