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Celera Closes $195M Berkeley HeartLab Acquisition

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Celera said today it has closed its acquisition of Berkeley HeartLab for around $195 million in cash.
 
Celera said the acquisition, originally announced in early September, will begin to bring in accretive earnings in the second half of fiscal 2008.
  
Celera president Kathy Ordonez said the company was attracted to BHL for its existing products and for its potential to develop new predictive molecular diagnostics for cardiovascular disease.
 
BHL has around 300 employees, including 110 lab staffers and about 80 field-based representatives and clinical educators, Celera said.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.