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PerkinElmer has acquired two separate companies: SYM-BIO Lifescience in China for $63.7 million in cash; and Surendra Genetic Labs in India for an undisclosed amount. The acquisitions are expected to help PerkinElmer expand its diagnostics and genetic screening businesses.

The EU has granted €11.3 million to support an international genomics research project to identify the genetic and environmental causes of asthma. The studies will be coordinated by Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine at Imperial College, London in a research program called GABRIEL.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.