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Beckman Coulter Closes $235M Offering; Will Pay Off Debt Tied to Lumigen Buy

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Beckman Coulter closed its tender offer for $235 million in senior notes at the end of business yesterday, the company said today.
 
The company said the money raised from the offering would go toward paying debts, a large chunk of which coming from the acquisition of Lumigen, and it would use the rest of the funds to pay debts and fund research.
 
The 7.45-percent notes are due 2008, and were offered on Dec. 11 as part of a $600 million offering.
 
Beckman said it intends to pay a purchase price of $1,025.74, plus $21.94 in interest, per every $1,000 in notes purchased after the offer, and plans to redeem $4.9 million in outstanding notes after indenture.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.