This story originally appeared in Biocommerce Week, a newsletter that has been discontinued.
 
The mergers and acquisitions market for the life science tool vendors covered by BioCommerce Week remained strong in 2007, with a little more than $5 billion spent on 18 deals during the year (see table below).
 

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.