PerkinElmer is targeting acquisitions and additional alliances in 2006 as it places greater emphasis on its health sciences operations and looks to expand its growth platforms, company officials recently said in a conference call.

Specifically, company officials said the firm will expand its drug-discovery tool portfolio "to include next-generation proteomics diagnostics," including reagents for biomarker discovery.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.