NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PerkinElmer has acquired NTD Laboratories and J.N. Macri Technologies for around $56.65 million, bringing the company closer to its goal of building a “screening and diagnostics capability in maternal health,” PerkinElmer said today.

Separately today, PerkinElmer said Texas has selected it to supply instruments and reagents for its enhanced newborn screening program.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.