Thermo Electron will launch its own high-content screening platform next week, and while it will compete against established players in the cell screening space, including GE Healthcare, Fisher Scientific, Molecular Devices, and Becton Dickinson, the firm will also look to partner with these rivals.

Thermo will launch its HCS WorkCell platform next week at the LabAutomation 2006 Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. The turnkey platform will integrate other firms' HCS imagers into instrumentation developed by Thermo.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.