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Invitrogen Files Formal Merger Notification with EU Authorities

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Invitrogen has filed a formal notification with the European Commission regarding its pending $6.7 billion acquisition of Applied Biosystems, the firm said today.
 
The commission has 25 business days following the notification to respond to the filing, said Invitrogen. US regulatory authorities have already cleared the merger.
 
Invitrogen and ABI will hold a special meeting of shareholders on Oct. 16 to vote on the proposed deal. The firms expect to close the deal next month.
 

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.