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Life Technologies, Bio-Rad to Join S&P Indexes

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Standard & Poor’s last night said that Life Technologies, the name of the combined Invitrogen and Applied Biosystems, will replace Applied Biosystems in the S&P 500 Index.
 
Invitrogen and ABI expect to close their $6.7 billion merger later this week, after which time they will operate under the Life Technologies name.
 
S&P also said that Bio-Rad Laboratories will replace Invitrogen in the S&P Mid-Cap 400. Both of the changes will take place after the close of the market on Friday.
 

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.